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Juanita (2019)

TV-MA | | Drama | 8 March 2019 (USA)
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Fed up with her deadbeat grown kids and marginal urban existence, Juanita takes a Greyhound bus to Paper Moon, Montana where she reinvents herself and finds her mojo.

Director:

Clark Johnson

Writers:

Roderick M. Spencer (screenplay), Sheila Williams (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfre Woodard ... Juanita
Bonnie Johnson ... Ms. Berman
Jordan Nia Elizabeth ... Bertie
Acorye' White ... Rashawn
Blair Underwood ... Blair Underwood
Michael Jones Sr. Michael Jones Sr. ... Man on Bus Bench
Marcus Henderson ... Randy
LaTanya Richardson Jackson ... Kay-Rita
Anthony Matheson Anthony Matheson ... Conga Drummer
Katie Killacky ... Ticket Seller
Taborah Johnson ... Passenger
Brian K. Landis ... Bus Driver
Ashlie Atkinson ... Peaches
Lindsley Register ... Candice
Donald 'Spec' Campen Jr. Donald 'Spec' Campen Jr. ... Old Guy (as Donald 'Spec' Campen)
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Fed up with her deadbeat grown kids and marginal urban existence, Juanita takes a Greyhound bus to Paper Moon, Montana where she reinvents herself and finds her mojo.

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Drama

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USA

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Χουανίτα See more »

Filming Locations:

Petersburg, Virginia, USA See more »

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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All of the scenes set on Ohio and Montana were actually filmed in Virginia. See more »

Quotes

Peaches: Juanita, I gotta ask you something. Why did you get on that bus in the first place?
Juanita: 'Cause if I'd have stayed, I'd end up hating the people I'm supposed to love.
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Stick Game Song
Performed by Eagle Calf Singers
Traditional
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Touching, but lacks pace and drama
10 March 2019 | by richard-fieldhouseSee all my reviews

Juanita (Alfre Woodward) is stuck in a rut: her grown-up kids are serious wasters and her husband is long gone, leaving just her imagination and the elderly patients she nurses for company. When one patient dies, she takes the decision to change her life completely by buying a one way Greyhound ticket to nowhere - well nowhere she's ever actually heard of anyway. She finally lands in a hamlet called Paper Moon and is instantly pressed into service cooking for a Native American at his struggling and theoretically French restaurant.

This story perhaps works better as a novel. The pace is slow and the plot holds few surprises. As another reviewer says here, the movie lacks oomph. Everything is competent - nothing is special. At times it's quite funny and at times uplifting, but never exactly exciting. 6/10


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