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Sunlight Jr.

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Laurie Collyer

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About the Movie

From writer/director Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby), comes an intimate and intense love story about a young couple at odds with the American dream. Set in the underbelly of usually sunny Florida, Melissa Winters (two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts) works as a cashier at the local convenience store, SUNLIGHT JR. She lives in a seedy motel with her boyfriend Richie (Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon), a former TV repairman who lives month-to-month on his government disability check, spending most of it at a neighborhood tavern. When an unexpected pregnancy takes their lives in a new direction, they are forced to examine the realities of both of their lives, and to face tough choices about what lies on the horizon. Produced by Charlie Corwin (The Squid & The Whale), Ariel Elia (Moeda De Rua) and Andrea Roa (Drinking Buddies), the film also stars Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) and veteran screen actress Tess Harper.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 33
  • Fresh: 22
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Despite the intensity of their performances, Ms. Watts and Mr. Dillon are only fleetingly convincing as these desperate young Americans trying to maintain a foothold. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Nov 14, 2013

Fresh: Incandescent performances and an unerring grasp of milieu distinguish this latest feature from Sherrybaby helmer Laurie Collyer. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Nov 11, 2013

Fresh: This sensitively observed humanistic drama features deeply moving performances by Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Nov 11, 2013

Fresh: Collyer has a keen eye for underrepresented populations, but she'd be better served in the future to scale back on the overstatement. – John Oursler, Village Voice, Nov 12, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Acting at its best

Thought this movie was a really good movie, the acting was excellent and to make it even more thrilling for me was to see my niece in a scene with Matt Dillion! Is a sad movie though.


Save your money and rent something else. Lame.

Its good!

Watched it at my brothers tonight and it was definitely good! The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because it's kinda depressing. It really, truly shows the harsh realities of life and theres a sadness to it. The acting was phenomenal. Both Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon were superb. Norman Reedus had a smaller role where he plays a real jacka$$ but he did it incredibly. Worth seeing.

Sunlight Jr.
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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