Janie Jones Reviews
Even though the plot of "Janie Jones" sounds like it has been done plenty of times before, the movie finds its own nuanced downbeat way, hitting just the right notes, mostly due to the excellence of its two lead performances.(However, the less said of Elisabeth Shue the better.) Alessandro Nivola is especially good playing a tortured soul who with the departure of his enablers from his life is forced for once to reconsider his life while learning how to act around a 13-year old daughter.(Learning from watching her irresponsible mother, Janie can take care of herself while still being young enough to not have to think about psychoanalysis yet.) While the movie is subtle about its condemnation of drug and alcohol abuse, it also helps that Ethan is not instantly likable, as the movie does not take the easy way out.
A recovery junkie Mary Ann (Elizabeth Shue) inadvertingly drops off her underage daughter Janie Jones played by Abigail Breslin with Ethan (Alessandro Niovla) who didn't know he had a daughter. And as much as he doesn't want her- he's left with no choice but to look after her losing some of the perks that comes with becoming a rock star, straining his relationship with his band mates.
While watching this film, it almost felt like it's nothing more than another acting tool for Abigail Breslin which showcases the audience that she's a great actress but not good enough as a singer. She plays guitar quite well but her singing is plain and uninspiring as well as much of the music throughout. Seems like it was somehow inspired by "Almost Famous" since the film consists of many 'observants' that's always been known to happen when rock bands travel together in a bus, meaning that it doesn't offer anything new to the music genre in general when they're countless documentaries and books about that sort of thing- what is even the point about about watching a fictional portrayl of it. Also, if one were to cut out all the cussing and arguing- it would look like a "Sunday Afternoon special".
2 out of 4 stars
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