Dean Williams
Owen Gleiberman
November 04, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Janie Jones

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
107 minutes
performer
Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola

We gave it an B-

Ethan (Alessandro Nivola), the surly leader of an indie-rock band, learns that he has a 13-year-old daughter, Janie (Abigail Breslin) — and that he has to take care of her right in the middle of his tour of honky-tonk bars. It’s a Hollywood setup, only done in a rambly, micro-budgeted way. And with Ethan and Janie sharing folkie duets, it has a certain small, wan charm, like a father-daughter gloss on Once. Breslin is a clear-eyed delight. (Also available on demand) B-

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