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Jolene (2008)

R | | Drama | 13 June 2008 (USA)
A teenage orphan spends ten years traveling cross-country experiencing life, love and heartbreak. Based on E.L. Doctorow's story, "Jolene: A Life."

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A teenage orphan spends ten years traveling cross-country experiencing life, love and heartbreak. Based on E.L. Doctorow's story, "Jolene: A Life."

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A life between the exit signs

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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language, some violence and drug use

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Jolene the titular character is based on the short story "Jolene: A Life" by E. L. Doctorow, itself inspired by Dolly Parton's song, Jolene. See more »

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Jolene can't be charged with kidnapping her son as she is his mother and still married to his father. At most she can be charged with custodial interference.

Also, no matter how much money Brad has, it's almost impossible to get a civil annulment once the marriage is consummated (as evidenced by Brad Jr.) and they've lived together as man and wife..

He would have to get a civil divorce. See more »

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In on-screen credits, Don Mosley is listed twice as Chief Lighting Technician. See more »

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Sweet and charming with darker overtones.
26 June 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Think "Monster" but much more lighthearted and charming. I watched this movie with neither preconception nor hype; in fact I almost overlooked it. From the opening scenes I even imagined it may be a comedy and it does indeed contain many amusing moments that naturally emerge from the story and bring a smile to the face. Darker moments sober the viewer throughout but the narrative fails to linger long enough to bring the mood down, and despite the trials and tribulations, the overall feeling of the movie, like Jolene herself, is quite upbeat. It's hard to find much fault with "Jolene"; it is what it is. Unfortunately, what it's not is an hour longer. I could have easily sat through more in the hope of a more conclusive ending or just to see where the road might take her next. However, Jolene's erratic journey through life is ongoing and the lack of a Hollywood finale serves this movie well. If you're bored of blockbuster bombardment then "Jolene" could well provide a refreshing antidote.


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