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Janie Jones

3.9 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

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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

Review

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

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

Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Tribeca
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DNWE9Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,783 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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 beating you deserved (never brawl with mouth-breathing rednecks - instead, insult them with words beyond their vocabulary), and the resourcefulness to finagle your loser arse out of jail. How do you repay this gem? Drag her with you to a few gigs, don't pay her, then dump her with still-strung-out mama and her pimp/moron boyfriend in Dirtville, USA. To redeem yourself, you offer to take her to one last gig, where she SHOULD be headlining instead of you, but only let her sing the la-la-la backing vox on a tune or two. If this is based on a true story, I only hope the real Janie received better than her screen reflection... like all the credits she deserves and points on film and record sales. Any real Janies out there? Leave the sot in jail, make a deal with his manager to take over his gigs, play them yourself and don't leave a venue until you get paid. Most bar owners are no better than the scum you can scrape off their bathroom floors. (Cherish the 1% that surprise you by listening to your set and paying you fairly.) The moral of this film? Despite the blazing new avenues of publishing and distributing music via the internet, the industry is still mostly controlled by criminal reprobates, inhabited by fools and overall misogynistic.
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Surely not a kid's movie because of the subject matter, but Alessandro Nivola and Abigail Breslin are great in this. And I love their duet. I don't know why Alessandro Nivola isn't a bigger star. He is awesome!
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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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