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Manny & Lo (1996)

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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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Lisa Krueger

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Lisa Krueger
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Kay Place ... Elaine
Scarlett Johansson ... Amanda
Aleksa Palladino ... Laurel
Dean Silvers ... Suburban Family
Marlen Hecht Marlen Hecht ... Suburban Family
Forrest Silvers Forrest Silvers ... Suburban Family
Tyler Silvers ... Suburban Family
Lisa Campion Lisa Campion ... Convenience Store Clerk
Glenn Fitzgerald ... Joey
Novella Nelson ... Georgine
Susan Decker Susan Decker ... Baby Store Customer #1
Marla Zuk Marla Zuk ... Baby Store Customer #2
Bonnie Johnson Bonnie Johnson ... Baby Store Customer #3
Melissa Johnson Melissa Johnson ... Child
Angie Phillips Angie Phillips ... Connie
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Storyline

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 <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Manny e Lo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,665, 28 July 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$502,313, 22 September 1996
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pope Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Features the film debut of Aleksa Palladino. See more »

Quotes

Amanda: [in introduction to movie] "Did you ever dream about someone, before you saw them in life? Sorta like you made them up, but you didn't. It really happens, things like that. Strange amazing things like that. I swear they happen all the time."
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References To Sir, with Love (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Manny
Performed by John Lurie, Billy Martin, Marc Ribot, Bill Ware, Chris Wood, Matt Zimbelmann
Written by John Lurie
Copyright 1995 by Legarto Inc. (ASCAP)
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No men allowed
25 March 2000 | by DeeNine-2See all my reviews

This is the sweetest film. It's definitely a 'chick thing' with Manny and Lo and Elaine bonding around an infant to be (Lo's). No men are allowed in this paradise. One appears and he gets bopped over the head, gagged and hog-tied. This is a fem-family made on the run. Lo (Aleska Palladino) in her high teens runs away from a foster home with her younger sister, Manny (Scarlett Johansson). It's a Thelma and Louise crime spree made as a movie for children. Well, not quite. Turns out Lo's pregnant. She has been hiding this from 11-year-old Manny, who has the eye of Sherlock Holmes and is the brains of this team. They find a rather nice, used only during the ski season cabin in the woods and hole up to await the stork. They spot Elaine (Mary Kay Place), a lonely spinster working in a baby clothes shop and kidnap her to help deliver the baby. Everybody, despite gruff exteriors, has a heart of gold, and togetherness and loving concern prevail.

And what's wrong with that?

Nothing really. But I was thinking: this is the obverse of male war movies where none or few women appear, men doing their manly thing killing one another, women irrelevant. I think that's the key word here for director Lisa Kruege: in the reproductive game that is war by other means, men are irrelevant. Or almost so. In war it doesn't matter how many men are killed. As long as there are some left the population will quickly spring back. Kill the women, though, and you have a serious population problem. Manny and Lo and Elaine prove that you really don't need the male: his sperm will do, and that way you don't have to put up with his loutish behavior.

I think I got this right. Anyway, it's a cute movie.

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