The fictional story of an ex-football star, Johnny Dunn, who moves far from the spotlight after a family tragedy to a small, desert town he owns called Jake's Corner. This dramatic comedy ...
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The fictional story of an ex-football star, Johnny Dunn, who moves far from the spotlight after a family tragedy to a small, desert town he owns called Jake's Corner. This dramatic comedy is a cross between Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Northern Exposure (1990). Set in the real town of Jake's Corner, Arizona, it is a rest stop for travelers making their way through the Arizona desert, but for the people who live there, it's a rest stop for life. Johnny and the eclectic ensemble that live and work in the town occupy trailers behind the Corner Store and Jake's Corner Bar. Through the years, this cast of misfits has become closer than most families - they are kin. The dynamic of the town is changed forever when Johnny's young nephew comes to live with him.Written by
Back in the day they would call a place like Jake's Corner a whistle stop. Still do I'm sure among the truckers. The place consists of a bar&grille and a general store. Behind those two structures the various people who live and work in and around these establishments hang out in dwellings, some of them kind of slapped together. They are an interesting community and unofficially it's headed by Richard Tyson, former football player and Heisman Trophy winner who just retired from the world to this place after a family tragedy.
Another family tragedy hits his family. His sister and her husband are killed in a car crash and their young son Colton Rodgers survives but has no memory of the crash. Tyson takes him in and the people of Jake's Corner know him from previous visits. But no one is to mention the crash, just let him think that his parents are on the mend.
In sum and substance that's the film. Not much plot but some real interesting characters live in Jake's Corner and we get to know them as they are fleshed out in this film. Diane Ladd is the somewhat addled lady who thinks there's bear with designs on her. Country star B.J. Thomas plays the town doctor and bartender, in a place this small one doubles up on occupations. Don Collier who has been in about a Gazillion westerns made his last screen appearance as an old rodeo cowboy who sits and plays cards with Thomas with an occasional observation on life.
The pace of Jake's Corner is slow and easy, but it's an easy to take film with some interesting people.
This film might even drum up some tourist trade.
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