Monday, November 21, 2011

Manny & Lo

This is a movie about two sisters, on the run from everything. They left their if I understood correctly abusive foster homes after their birth mother passed and now live out of their car stealing from stores and the older sister Lo giving sexual favors for gas. Manny is only eight and is brilliantly portrayed by a very young Scarlet Johanson. Things get complicated when Lo gets pregnant but she knows she cannot go to a hospital because she will then be discovered and brought to jail for hr crimes. They decide the best idea is to kidnap this older woman who works in a baby supplies and toy store. They kidnap her and hold her in this winter house that is unoccupied so that she may deliver her baby. The movie obviously goes to the point where she becomes a motherly figure. She is played by Mary Kay Place very well but the movie just never picks up. It runs slow and lacks that emotional underlying that most of these movies have. It is supposed to be short and sweet but ends short with not that much of an impact. There are some great things about it but the film is mostly lacking.

2.5 out of 5 Stars

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