‘Janie Jones’ starring Abigail Breslin and Alessandro Nivola – trailer review

Janie Jones

Directed by: David M. Rosenthal
Starring: Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Shue
Rating: Unrated
Release Date: unknown


Thoughts by TSR: This is not a Junie B. Jones movie (a children’s book character who I thought this would be about). Nor is this film Somewhere, Sophia Coppola’s most recent film which covered another rockstar/estranged daughter situation. It’s another story of a rockstar (Nivola) who is thrown together with the daughter he didn’t know he had (of course) but learns to love her because she writes music. I got that from the trailer, which seemed to tell the whole story of the film. Shue plays another Leaving Las Vegas-type put upon female who leaves her daughter with her shiftless father because she’s having some sort of break down. Breslin seems very self-possessed, but the rest of the film looks like a kind of by-the-numbers father learns to love daughter story. It just doesn’t look that interesting.


  1. virginia davis says:

    If you’re going to rate films I suggest you actually SEE them, rather than rely on plot summaries and trailers to make your assessments!!!
    The excellent acting in this film makes it very worth seeing.

  2. Jeff Bayer says:

    Dear Virgina –

    You read a trailer review. Wake up. Our film reviews are clearly different.

  3. Tricia P says:

    I agree with Virginia. You really have to see this movie before you can judge it. The trailer obviously doesn’t do it justice. It’s better than a lot of those other struggling musician become famous movies. It’ actually not about that at all. Leave judging movies to people who as actually seen them.

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