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Janie Jones (2011)

Janie Jones




Release Date

October 28, 2011 (Limited)


107 min.


Tribeca Film

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


David M. Rosenthal


Keith Kjarval, Eric Bassett


David M. Rosenthal



A faded rock star is forced to take responsibility for the daughter he never knew he had in Janie Jones, a funny and touching road trip through the world of rock 'n' roll from writer-director David M. Rosenthal ("Falling Up"), inspired by his own experiences.

Rocker Ethan Brand (Alessandro Nivola) and his band, the Ethan Brand Experience, are on the comeback trail when a former flame (Oscar nominee 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 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 his drug and booze-fueled antics take their toll on and off stage, the band deserts him one by one, until he and Janie are left alone.

Desperate to finish the tour and revive his career, Ethan stays on the road as a solo act with Janie in tow. As Ethan's self-destructive spiral threatens to derail his comeback, Janie uses her own surprising musical talents to help guide him down the rocky road to redemption.

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Abigail Breslin stars as Janie Jones and Alessandro Nivola stars as Ethan Brand in Tribeca Film's Janie Jones (2011)
Alessandro Nivola stars as Ethan Brand and Abigail Breslin stars as Janie Jones in Tribeca Film's Janie Jones (2011)

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“..writer/director David A. Rosenthal lets the story play out with genuine sweetness, both in the drama and the songs..”
by Moira Macdonald [Seattle Times]
“..once it's reduced to a two-hander for Nivola and Breslin, Janie Jones has a lightweight sweetness, owing largely to their chemistry..”
“.."Janie Jones" is billed as "inspired by the true story" of its writer-director, David M. Rosenthal. Impossible. No one's life is this boring..”
by Kyle Smith [New York Post]