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It’s a very apt portrayal of the people stuck in generational poverty, their lives and choices. It is empathetic, heartbreaking yet consoling all at once.
1.29.19 NF w/Sh & J
Not great, sad that it is realistic
I like Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon somewhat, but, this film does not portray, in the least, their acting ability. Really didn't like it.
Another independent art house film where Naomi Watts plays a clerk working in a convenience store. She supports her husband Matt Dillon who is an invalid in a wheelchair. A sad, poignant and somewhat pathetic story about how they struggle through their difficulties.
It was a decent look at the working poor but it kept getting worse and worse with no light at the end. And then it ended with the girl with zero options getting back with the abusive handicapped boyfriend. Wth.
Despite the uplifting title, Sunlight Jr. Is a dull drama heading towards a very unhappy ending. Naomi Watts gave a good performance but the mediocre script and lousy story made it all hard to enjoy.
Sunlight Jr. was good. Watts and Dillon were outstanding. I liked the whole idea that movie centers around the store.
Sometimes a movie is just to darn glum for its own good, an example that could be tailor made for Sherrybaby director Laurie Collyer's raw and in the end mediocre 2013 effort Sunlight Jr. The movie is a fine showcase for the well known talents of Naomi Watts and the arguable lesser recognized talents of Matt Dillon and also a warning bell that Norman Reedus needs to find himself a new agent faster than he can say "typecast".
The story of Sunlight Jr. is really bare bones stuff with Collyer seemingly more worried about what depressing thing will happen to these people next rather than creating something that really affects the viewer. Many scenarios in the picture could hit home whether it be substance abuse, relationships, domestic violence or a raft of other tough issues but the film doesn't seem to know what it's saying and the arc struggles for it. We don't really get why a kind person like Melissa loves an obvious drunk like Richie or why she would care for a redneck drug dealing fiend in the form of Justin and it makes her decisions through the journey harder to latch onto which is a shame as Watts again delivers here.
Creating a fine name for herself over many years now Watts must of taken a significant pay cut to appear in such a picture as this and it's commendable that she would tackle a smaller scale picture that would only seem to exist to win awards for it's actors. Melissa is a fine piece of acting by Watts that is somewhat matched by Dillon while poor old Reedus must be wondering if he will ever get a non Daryl role now. Justin is such an overblown and overplayed part by Reedus that the films believability suffers for it and it's a shame he was allowed to go so OTT, same could also be said for the films atrocious guitar tinged soundtrack.
Without another fine turn from Watts this film would of been a real lost cause but thanks to her it remains watchable but highly forgettable. If a film wants to be glum it needs to overcome this with high quality elements and everything else here around Watts just isn't up to scratch leaving the viewer with not much to care for and not much reason to suggest to anyone that this trip into sorrow is worth enduring.
2 packs of donuts out of 5
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why is it ....getting an abortion is the answer to the problem? the ultra sound showed life with movement, but killed the unborn baby anyway...pathetic movie!