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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.
- Interview with JANIE JONES Team, presented by American Express
- Audio Commentary with Director and Producers
Impeccably detailed performances. --Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very good story. I particularly loved Brittany Snow! She continues to amaze and grow as an actress after her role in American Dreams, my favorite TV show of all times.Published 11 months ago by Bruce W. Imfeld
The best parts of this movie were all shown in the preview - Not worth renting for $4, just get it from Redbox.Published on April 2, 2014 by Megan
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 on October 25, 2013 by Brandi
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 on August 26, 2013 by Patti Raymond
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 on August 13, 2013 by Frank Schultz