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Jean of the Joneses (2016)

Jean of the Joneses (2016)

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The lives of 25-year-old Jean Jones and her multi-generational, middle-class Jamaican-American family of strong-minded, stubborn yet loving women come to an arresting stop when her estranged grandfather dies on the doorstep of the family's brownstone during a Sunday dinner. Tensions rise and old conflicts come to a boil as Jean uncovers the family's buried secrets. Throughout the film, the Jones women face their divorces, infidelities, and past transgressions. In particular, Jean faces the tough truths of her career and her crippling ability to move on from a past relationship to the love staring her right in the face. The semi-autobiographical screenplay was the first script to be penned by writer-director Stella Meghie.

Cast

Sherri Shepherd
as Maureen Jones
Taylour Paige
as Jean Jones
Erica Ash
as Anne Jones
Gloria Reuben
as Janet Jones
Mamoudou Athie
as Ray Malcolm
François Arnaud
as Jeremiah Rosen
Demore Barnes
as Michael Harrison
Michelle Hurst
as Daphne Jones
Cara Ricketts
as Laura Simmons
Coco Assad
as Lisa Jones
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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Takes its cues from both Woody Allen's self-indulgent worlds and the literary panache of Zadie Smith, but remains original in its darkly funny perspective ...

November 11, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Introducing both a fresh new voice and a fresh new face to independent filmmaking, Jean of the Joneses is a crisply urbane comedy from first-time writer-director Stella Meghie, boasting a sparkling lead performance by Taylour Paige.

October 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Meghie's endearingly acerbic debut feature is a work of modest ambition and commercial outlook, but that modesty proves intrinsic to its appeal ...

March 30, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Considering that it's based in such a particular milieu, it's disappointing that so much of Jean of the Joneses feels commonplace, from dialogue that consists mostly of sitcom-ready quips to staid mise en scène that stagnates Paige's game performance.

October 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Jean of the Joneses is a fine debut.

January 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Highly visually controlled, snappily edited, and beautifully acted, Jean of the Joneses is a clever New York comedy about the Caribbean diaspora.

October 6, 2016 | Full Review…

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