Janie Jones

{4.5/5} “I appreciate your initiative and can-do spirit but the driving thing has to end now.”

Janie’s mom has to get herself clean of drugs so she leaves her with her dad. But Janie, 13 years old, has never met her dad before. Ethan is on tour with his band. He’s not sure Janie is his daughter and he’s not sure going on tour is the best thing for her, but he agrees to take her. Ethan finds out that Janie is also a musician, and Janie finds out that being in a band has its ups and downs.

Janie Jones was released in 2010.

It’s about dealing with what life throws at you, and helping family.

Abigail Breslin as Janie is as charming as ever. When she cries, you’ll cry — when she smiles, you’ll smile. When she sings, you’ll want to listen.

The songs have interesting lyrics.

I liked it a lot — Breslin and Nivola will convince you of the reality of their relationship.

The soundtrack is full of pop songs. Breslin and Nivola sing their own songs.

Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) plays Janie and Alessandro Nivola (Junebug) plays Ethan.

Ethan’s bandmates are played by Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect), Frank Whaley (Field of Dreams), Joel David Moore (Avatar), and Rodney Eastman (The Opposite of Sex). Peter Stormare (Fargo) plays the band’s manager. Elisabeth Shue (Adventures in Babysitting) plays Janie’s mom.

The movie was directed by David M. Rosenthal (See This Movie). Rosenthal first met his own daughter when she was 11.

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