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Janie Jones (2010)

Abigail Breslin , Alessandro Nivola , David M. Rosenthal  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Shue
  • Directors: David M. Rosenthal
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tribeca
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DNWE9Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,614 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A tuneful family flick…driven by impressive lead performances." --Screen Daily

Impeccably detailed performances. --Stephen Holden, The New York Times

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Ethan Brand (Alessandro Nivola, Junebug, Face/Off) and his band are on the comeback trail when a former flame (Academy Award® nominee Elisabeth Shue, Leaving Las Vegas) drops a bomb in his lap: their 13-year-old daughter, Janie Jones (Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland). Ethan refuses to believe Janie is his kid, but when her mom suddenly leaves for rehab, the child has no place to go but into the tour bus and on the road with the band. With no inclination toward fatherhood, Ethan continues his hard-living ways, leaving Janie to fend for herself in dive bars and sleazy motels along the way. As Ethan's self-destructive spiral threatens to destroy his band's future, Janie uses her own surprising musical talents to help guide him down the rocky road to redemption. Featuring original music by Gemma Hayes and Eef Barzelay - sung by Nivola and Breslin, who both give impeccably detailed performances. JANIE JONES is a rock-and-roll road movie that can t be missed.

Special Features

  • Interview with JANIE JONES Team, presented by American Express
  • Audio Commentary with Director and Producers

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Old Song Re-sung - by a very talented cast! November 9, 2011
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The plot line of JANIE JONES has been used many times before - estranged child forced to live with runaway parent provides growth for both - but this story is apparently based on a true incident and perhaps that is one of the reasons it becomes rather endearing. Written and directed by David Rosenthal this somewhat overly long film works well and that is in no small art due to the sensitive casting.

Tattooed, alcoholic, almost has been rock and roll performer Ethan (Alessandro Nivola) tours with a mediocre band headed by manager Sloan (Peter Stormare) who somehow manages to keep things together for the band - Dave (Joel David Moore), singer and Ethan's girl friend Iris (Britanny Snow), Chuck (Frank Whaley), and Ulysses (Michael Panes). The band has been together for years and now is forced to play the sleazy nightclubs who will book second rate acts. Into this worn down group comes a surprise - Ethan's old squeeze Mary Ann Jones (Elisabeth Shue) whom Ethan hasn't seen for 13 years arrives on the scene with Ethan's 13-year-old daughter Janie Jones (Abigail Breslin). Ethan doesn't even remember Mary And nor does he buy the fact that he fathered a child, but Mary Ann has the birth certificate to prove it: Mary Ann is drug addict and can no longer care for Janie while she attempts to dry out so she literally dumps Janie with the reluctant Ethan and disappears. The remainder of the film is a struggle Ethan has at being unable to cope with life in general, the disbanding of the band because of Ethan's sociopathic behavior, Ethan's arrest and Janie's method of bailing him out when no one else will, falling downhill as a musician, and coping with the fact that Janie is around.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ode to Janie Jones May 9, 2012
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Since the plot has already been told in the product description and rehashed sufficiently by fellow reviewers, I'll be brief. I wasn't sure what to expect from this movie, but it far surpassed the mediocre expectations I held. The cast, especially Abigail Breslin, blew me away. At no point did I feel as if I was watching a movie because I was entirely immersed in the story. The musical interludes underscored and sometimes alleviated the intense emotions of the characters and the audience.

The entire movie felt immensely believable. The song choices were impeccable. I especially loved the ending lyrics; "Find love, and then give it all away." I honestly can't think of a bad thing to say about this movie. I plan on watching it again this weekend and sharing it with my mom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars - Janie Jones February 6, 2012
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The excellent performances by the cast of Janie Jones and engaging original music create a compelling viewing experience. The plot line is a well used one -- a man newly discovering he has a child and the bond that gradually forms between them. This storyline is no less worthy of re-telling than that of often repeated love stories. The reason plots are revisited is because they resonate. These relationships shape our existence and define our life. The question will always be not whether the plot has been explored too many times, but rather is the new telling skillfully done and moving. Do we learn something new or are we reminded of something of value? With Janie Jones the answer is, yes.

Well-paced the movie progresses in a logical manner and the relationship between the father and daughter develops, based initially on circumstances, but then a deeper understanding arises as each discovers common ground and genuine affection. They are undeniably connected to each other. As the story unfolds and each layer is revealed there are no missteps in believability. The audience remains fully engaged as the father and daughter realize they are forever changed and need each other.

There isn't a false note or flawed performance. A few days after viewing, some of the scenes still stay with me - like the shot of a small cornfield where it looks like nothing will thrive, and another of a devastatingly beautiful sunset. Like reading a good book on a rainy afternoon, the movie is a quiet surprise, a moving experience and well worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars pitch perfect performances in an uplifting film January 30, 2012
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A single mom (Elisabeth Shue) drops her 13-year old daughter, Janie Jones (Abigail Breslin), off at the girl's biological father's gig. The father, Ethan n(Alessandro Nivola) is an angry down-in-the dumps musician who is touring venues for one-nighters with his band an manager on an unglamorous tour bus. Ethan is an angry alcoholic man who comes from a wealthy family. His mother, who lives in Chicago, has little affection for her son whom she views as a failure because he doesn't have a "job." Ethan and his troupe are overwhelmed by Janie's sudden appearance. The band plays some gigs with unenthusiastic audiences. The group breaks apart and father and daughter get to know each other and Janie Jones brings her musical talent to the fore. Along the way, father and daughter connect through a series of misfortunes. I loved the story, the music written for the film and the pitch perfect performances.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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. . . Her coming into my life changed my life. That's what the film is about." So explains writer/director David Rosenthal about this film dedicated to his daughter, who worked beside him on in it.

Alessandro Nivola (Junebug) is a youngish indie rocker on a downward slide. (Though the inspiration is from real life, these particulars are fictional.) While on a low-budget tour, the daughter he didn't know he had is dumped in his lap while her former groupie/present junkie mother tries to clean herself up. Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) is 13-year-old Janie, already more grown-up than she should have to be, now thrown into the turmoil of the tour with a father who refuses to acknowledge her as his own. She has inherited his musical talent, which becomes the means of their first connections, but not the most important one.

The well trod ground of road movie, music flick, band fights, destructive drinking, and redeeming love is made fresh by the well pitched performances of the two leads, and made especially hard to resist by Breslin. They're aided by an excellent supporting cast, though not always performing at their best (some had little time to prepare). The moral arc and some plot elements are nothing new, which is fine--this is a character-driven film, and sometimes life works as it should. The realistic, gritty feel and look of the film never becomes too dark, and there's humor in the situations.

The music is quality indie folk/rock, adding much to the mood without without obstructing the plot. The leads do all their own singing, and Nivola also does his own guitar work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't great.
The best parts of this movie were all shown in the preview - Not worth renting for $4, just get it from Redbox.
Published 5 months ago by Megan
3.0 out of 5 stars Breslin is wonderful, but plot is plodding and ending is bitter...
CONTAINS SPOILERS*** An unexpected daughter turns up in your life. You reject her and deny her over and over, despite her musical talent, bravery enough to save you from a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by S.K.Roark
5.0 out of 5 stars watched it.
Seen this film at the film festival. Had to purchase, it was a great movie. Abigail Breslin has really grown and and has alot of talent.
Published 10 months ago by Brandi
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Movie
A must see for Abigail Breslin fans. Her character was strong and well played. A gritty father-daughter scenario that uses music to help bond and heal.
Published 12 months ago by Patti Raymond
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on rock musicians
Having been a big part of the music scene in the early 60s [groupies and such] it hits home seeing what repercussions might ensue.
Published 12 months ago by Frank Schultz
5.0 out of 5 stars Abigail Breslin Rocks as a Singer
Great father-daughter story with a wonderful performance by Abigail Breslin. Actually, the entire cast does a terrific job with a nice lead performance by Alessandro Nivola and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by J.G.
3.0 out of 5 stars Could've been better.
This movie started off so well told and acted, that even the cliched story looked like it would be saved by the filmmaking and acting. But then it sort of...slowed...down... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Patrick Littlefield
4.0 out of 5 stars nice little story
Anything that stars Abigail Breslin pretty much HAS to be awesome (or at the very least, really good). She has a great track record for starring in high quality films. Read more
Published 13 months ago by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie. I Highly recomend it ! The storyline is Great. The...
By far the Best Movie of it's kind! Kudos to the Writer's for telling an old story in such a personal and new way!
Published 13 months ago by anita cody
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and understated movie
I found this movie touching and interesting as the relationship between Janie and her newly known dad gradually developed. Read more
Published 15 months ago by SBS
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