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Sunlight Jr. (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 12 January 2015 (Japan)
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A Florida couple deals with an unexpected pregnancy while holding minimum wage jobs.

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Laurie Collyer

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Laurie Collyer (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Naomi Watts ... Melissa
Matt Dillon ... Richie
Tess Harper ... Kathleen
Norman Reedus ... Justin
Antoni Corone ... Edwin
Adrienne Lovette ... Vivian
Keith Hudson ... Micky
Beth Marshall ... Molly (as Beth Marhsall)
Yvonne Gougelet Yvonne Gougelet ... Kristi
Teo Castellanos Teo Castellanos ... Jorge
David Hoyt David Hoyt ... Darth
Fawad Siddiqui ... Jamshed
John Archie John Archie ... Tom
Casey Cook Casey Cook ... Cody
Leyla Lawrence ... Nurse
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Hard-working convenience store clerk Melissa and her disabled boyfriend Richie are trapped in a generational cycle of poverty. Their luck may be changing when they learn that Melissa has become pregnant. But as soon as she loses her job and they get evicted from the motel they live in, their joy vanishes. Written by Freebasedog

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2015 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Marcas da Vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Clearwater, Florida, USA

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2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Richie: Mmm, what are you doing, babe?
Melissa: Going to work. It's rainin'.
Richie: No. I'll drive ya. I gotta cash my check.
Melissa: Well, hurry up. I'm gonna be late.
Richie: Well, good morning to you, too.
[sitting up]
Richie: Hm, look at you.
Melissa: What?
Richie: You look great. I love that color on you.
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Great performances, depressing real life for many
29 October 2014 | by kastellosSee all my reviews

This movie is depressing. However, it is realistic. People who live in the better parts of Washington, New York, San Francisco, Denver, etc, or most suburbs anywhere need to realize that the everyday life of a very, very large number of Americans is what is depicted in this film. Move to Youngstown OH, or Odessa TX, or any of a thousand other cities and you will see what America is really like. It is not the Hamptons, or Hyannis Port, or Beverly Hills, or Knob Hill, or McLean, or ......... What is sad is that these low-life ignorant people don't even realize what is best for them. They continue their downward spiral with booze (cheap), drugs (oxy, meth, crack), stupid behavior (breeding more of the same) and even voting against their own best interests (i.e. Republican).

Watts, as usual, is superb - she is clearly one of the two or three best living actresses today. Dillon's performance was as good as his best. Tess Harper was great as well.

The film is not really entertaining - there is not a single likable character. The plot is not a story, i.e. it has no real beginning or end; it is not a mystery, it is not a Jane Austin romance, it is not a comedy, etc. Nonetheless, I would recommend it purely so that upper and middle class America can see the life of what may well be the majority of Americans.


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