Joe 2014 R CC

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An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a troubled 15-year old boy in need of help...and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.

Starring:
Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan
Runtime:
1 hour, 58 minutes

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Joe

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director David Gordon Green
Starring Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan
Supporting actors Gary Poulter, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Adriene Mishler, Brian Mays, Aj Wilson McPhaul, Sue Rock, Heather Kafka, Brenda Isaacs Booth, Anna Niemtschk, Elbert Hill III, Milton Fountain, Roderick L. Polk, Aaron Spivey-Sorrells, John Daws, Kay Epperson, Lico Reyes, Lazaro Solares, Elbert Hill Jr.
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Very good story line made for a great movie!
Abby
Wanted to like it but it was not a good experience and the ending, was as if they just needed a way to put the movie to rest quickly.
DR
The cast led by Nicolas Cage (in a terrific performance as Joe) & Tye Sheridan (as Gary) is excellent.
Kris King

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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on April 13, 2014
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Joe (Nicolas Cage) is your basic good man with a low snap point. He works a crew under the table for the logging company. He has his vices and everyone in this small rural community knows him. Gary (Tye Sheridan) is a fifteen year old "boy left behind" who has issues with his drunken lazy father incredibly portrayed by Gary Poulter. Joe attempts to help the boy out without getting involved, while helping out others...everyone but himself.

The film moves slow to build character and background material. The gritty drama far outweighs the action aspect. This is a film that reminded me of "Winterbone" where we see a piece of a Southern rural community sliced open.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. Brief sex and nudity (Sue Rock?)
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful By storylorry on April 13, 2014
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It's not family viewing, not by a stretch. Alright. What Joe is, is a story featuring two lead characters who remind me what I love in a hero. A true hero is real, which is to say, flawed, as we all are. But even the most flawed among us can act with sacrificial courage. It takes a special actor to pull that off so believably that you forget you're only watching a movie. In Joe, Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan do precisely that. Nicolas Cage gives a performance of such high caliber that I find myself pulled completely into the story. Tye Sheridan--amazing considering his young years--is just as convincing. This is no Coke and popcorn experience, other than that you might get to the end and find all your popcorn and Coke still there. It is the kind of movie I am always hoping for but very rarely ever get. The story is carried through with grit and shame and cruelty, but also with redemption and hope. Today, I got what I was looking for.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Geoghegan on May 9, 2014
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Nicolas Cage has been in a lot of good movies in his career; and quite a few duds lately. In "Joe," he has quite simply done his best work in years. Combined with up and comer Tye Sheridan, ("Mud") this powerful drama depicts Cage as a barely functioning, hard luck alcoholic, who time and again rises to the occasion, somehow stumbling and bumbling to do the right thing; in this case, coming to the rescue of a 15-year-old boy played by Tye Sheridan, a boy on the verge of manhood, mired in a desperate family situation, with an abusive, evil, alcoholic father, and a "helpless" mother and sister dependent upon the young man for survival. As Cage sees the "good" in the boy, so the boy brings out the good in Cage's character. The penultimate scene, where the boy hugs the man who rescued him, is a scene that jumps out at you, and is one of those powerful cinematic moments that you may never forget. This movie, and this performance, are Oscar worthy, for Best Picture, Best Lead Actor, and Best Supporting Actor - although, it's probably coming out too soon to be remembered by Oscar time. Tye Sheridan, whom I first saw with Matthew McConaughey in "Mud", and made that movie, is a talent to be reckoned with, and one that we will hopefully see for decades to come.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Guy L. Bell on April 13, 2014
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I can't believe the negative comments on this movie. Probably Nicholas Cage's best ever. If you like dark, gritty movies set in the South, don't miss this.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Russell S on July 11, 2014
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I don't understand all the negative reviews. This is a story, a very good story and fascinating too. Nicholas Cage has been impressing me lately with his small movies (The Frozen Ground is another good one). he does a great job, the supporting cast was mostly made up of locals that the director David Gordon Green found in the area and they are refreshingly natural. The standout is young Tye Sheridan, what a find and future star. Joe is an alcoholic ex-con who sees a 15 year old boy trying to make a life for him, his sister and mother only to have his horrifying drunken father beat him down all the time, figuratively and literally. If you are looking for an amazing story without giant robots or aliens or costumed heroes, then give "Joe" a try.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark Turner on June 25, 2014
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When viewing a movie most people subconsciously realize that the film is only good if the sum of all parts comes together. A great performance can be missed when the cinematography is lousy. A bad director or screenwriter can take a wonderful story and butcher it to make the movie intolerable. If all parts are bad then the turkey and rotten tomato awards raise their heads. Knowing that a single part is good doesn't make up for the bad. Such is the case with JOE.

Nicolas Cage stars as Joe, a foreman for a group that kills trees to be cut down by a lumber company. He works hard, plays hard, drinks hard, treats his crew fair, but in the end is an honorable working stiff. Into his world comes Gary (Ty Sheridan).

Gary's family is far from good. His father is a raging alcoholic prone to violence and anything for a drink. The family is a set of drifters moving from town to town, living in abandoned homes as a way to have a roof over their heads. Gary approaches Joe hoping for work. Joe gives him that opportunity and Gary proves he can hang in with the rest of them. When he brings his father along to work as well we see the man has no interest in actual work and would rather just take the money from his son who earned it.

Joe takes a liking to the boy but avoids getting in the middle of a confrontation. He has a past that involved jail time and a hair trigger temper that explodes later in the film. Joe might be able to keep that anger in check but the bigger the bond he forms with Gary, the more likely we'll see it erupt before the end of the film.

But there are other things in Joe's life that cause him trouble as well. Another man in town with a scarred face continues to plague Joe.
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