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Manny & Lo (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  26 July 1996 (USA)
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A pregnant teen and her younger sister run away from foster homes and kidnap a woman whom they believe can help with the pregnancy.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Suburban Family
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Suburban Family
Forrest Silvers ...
Suburban Family
Tyler Silvers ...
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Lisa Campion ...
Convenience Store Clerk
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Marla Zuk ...
Baby Store Customer #2
Bonnie Johnson ...
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Angie Phillips ...


Two sisters, Amanda, 11, and Laurel, 16, run away from their different foster parents, sleeping in model homes, or wherever they can. But when Laurel becomes pregnant, they find they can't make it through this crisis on their own. With nowhere else to turn, they decide to kidnap Elaine, a clerk in a baby supply store. But Elaine seems to need Manny and Lo just as much as they need her. Written by Mike Myers <>

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

26 July 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Manny e Lo  »

Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,665 (USA) (26 July 1996)


$431,326 (USA) (20 September 1996)

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1.85 : 1
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A Nice, Warm-Hearted Family Movie... With Lots Of Cussing
22 September 2004 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

MANNY & LO (2 outta 5 stars)

Not a bad movie... just kind of pointless after all is said and done. Two orphaned sisters (one of them pregnant) take the family car and go on the road, trying to keep from getting separated and put into foster homes. Not knowing what to do about the baby on the way, the two young girls kidnap a woman who works in a maternity goods store and hide out in a secluded cabin in the woods. Eventually the three begin to bond emotionally. This would have been a perfect example of a "nice, family movie" except for all the profanity spewed by the older sister. The younger sister is played by a young Scarlett Johansson... who I think was a better actress at 12 years old than she is right now. (Oh, I'm just being mean... she's not bad now either.) Mary Kay Place plays the kidnapped baby expert. Aleska Palladino (who?) plays the older sister. Pretty entertaining story... it just tends to get a bit implausible at times.

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