Saturday, July 9, 2016

Jackie & Ryan 2014

     Ryan has all his belongings except his guitar in his backpack.  He rides trains from place to place and he’s hoping to become a successful musician.  Jackie is not paying attention and crossing the street as she checks her cell phone.  A pickup almost hits her and Ryan comes to her aid.  She has a good scrape on her knee but otherwise she’s OK.  When Ryan turns around, all his things including his guitar are gone.  Jackie invites him over for dinner to thank him for his kindness.
     A lot of information is left out of this film.  Why is Jackie getting a divorce from her husband in New York?  Why is he fighting the divorce and threatening to ask for full custody of their daughter Lia.  If Jackie had a successful musical career, why is she living poor in Utah?  I can’t answer any of those questions from what I saw?  3* (This movie is OK)

90 min, Drama directed by Ami Canaan Mann with Katherine Heigl, Ben Barnes, Clea DuVall, Emily Alyn Lind, Sheryl Lee, Ryan Bingham, Jeffrey Hanson, Adam Dietlein, Terence Goodman, Duane Stephens.

Note:  Imdb 5.8 out of 10, 62% critic 41% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2*, Amazon 3.9* out of 5* with 124 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Ogden, Salt Lake City, Utah.  Director Ami Canaan Mann has worked previously with Sheryl Lee on Texas Killing Fields of 2011.

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