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Jayne Mansfield's Car

  R HD Closed Captioning

Billy Bob Thornton

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Plot Summary

Written and directed by Academy Award®-winner Billy Bob Thornton (ARMAGEDDON), and starring Kevin Bacon (TV's THE FOLLOWING), Ray Stevenson (THOR FRANCHISE), and Katherine LaNassa (TV'S DECEPTION). Brought together by the death of a woman who was married, first to the Southern American Jim Caldwell (Robert Duvall of THE GODFATHER), and then to the British Kingsley Bedford (John Hurt of TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY), two families meet for the first time at the Caldwells' Alabama home with uneasy curiosity. The culture clash of the 1960's becomes the backdrop for the families' heartfelt, and at times hilarious, struggles with long-held resentments as well as family rivalries and secrets.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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34%
  • Reviews Counted: 35
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 23
  • Average Rating: 5.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: In its best moments, you can see what the film might have been with half a dozen fewer characters. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Sep 12, 2013

Rotten: The scenes in which good ol' boy mentality clashes with stuffy British sensibility are a highlight. Still, both cultures are depicted through cliches. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Sep 12, 2013

Rotten: A fine cast can only do so much with the script's pileup of generational conflict and long-winded introspection, resulting in a willfully out-of-step picture. – Justin Chang, Variety, Sep 9, 2013

Rotten: By a certain point the deliberate pokiness and lackadaisical attitude toward character development and resolution feels like spilled food that never gets completely wiped up. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Sep 12, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Jayne Mansfield's Car

WOW ---- what a character study on families. The cast is incredible. Loved it.

Not 1/2 Bad

Cast is wonderful, it felt like they had no money left for songs which hurt the movie, but it plays well, could have been improved but still pretty good movie

Jane Mansfield's Car

Are you kidding me? This was a great movie. Very quirky. Great Billy Bob effort in the line of Sling Blade. The character development is superb. Story a tad slow but nails the attitude of the generations in the late 60's.

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