If Crazy Heart
and August Rush
had a torrid night of passion and produced a love child, it would be Janie Jones
, the story of fading alcoholic rock star Ethan Brand (Alessandro Nivola) and his relationship with his teenage daughter Janie (Abigail Breslin). Writer/director David M. Rosenthal blends a musical setting with road-trip-movie elements, and paints a somewhat-realistic depiction of what the rock & roll lifestyle is really like -- dirty motels, crappy food, and dingy clubs -- which adds layers to the subtle dynamic between Janie and Ethan. Still, the film loves its clichés, and despite the fact that Rosenthal seems to be going for a subt...