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Janie Jones

HD   NR Closed Captioning

David M. Rosenthal

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About the Movie

Ethan Brand (Alessandro Nivola) and his band are on the comeback trail when a former flame (Elisabeth Shue) drops a bomb in his lap: their 13-year-old daughter, Janie Jones (Abigail Breslin). 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 the 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. Nivola and Breslin naturally embrace their musical characters, both actually sing and perform in the film, while developing Ethan and Janie's relationship in a refined way to delicately express the emotional needs of the characters. Writer/director David M. Rosenthal blends the musical setting with road trip movie elements that add subtle layers to the dynamic of his two main characters.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 30
  • Fresh: 16
  • Rotten: 14
  • Average Rating: 5.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: There are moments when "Janie Jones" threatens to turn into "Crazy Heart," which is not necessarily a bad thing. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Oct 27, 2011

Rotten: Despite the pic's assets and overall restraint, a whiff of cliched deja vu remains. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Oct 20, 2011

Rotten: A mixture of discordant notes and way-too-familiar chords. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Nov 3, 2011

Fresh: The movie works because it's essentially an old-fashioned two-hander for a couple of subtle and terrific actors. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Oct 29, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Janie Jones

Great movie! Loved the soundtrack too.

Loved it!!

Its amazing where you can find beauty these days. I think its one of the best movies Iv seen. I was moved many times Im a 47 year old father of a 6 year old daughter. I hope somday to play music with her and go on great adventures. Love this movie.

Janie jones

What an amazing movie!!

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2011

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