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Jean of the Joneses

Jean of the Joneses

Jun. 01, 2016 Canada88 Min.
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8.9 1,188 votes

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Cast

Taylour Paige isJean Jones
Jean Jones
Gloria Reuben isJanet Jones
Janet Jones
François Arnaud isJeremiah Rosen
Jeremiah Rosen
Sherri Shepherd isMaureen Jones
Maureen Jones
Mamoudou Athie isRay Malcolm
Ray Malcolm
Erica Ash isAnne Jones
Anne Jones

Synopsis

Jean Jones, a gawky, 25-year old finds new love unexpectedly in the back of a Brooklyn ambulance with paramedic Ray Malcolm on the day the grandfather she’s never met shows up on her doorstep and drops dead with her book in his pocket. Against the advice of her family, who all seem to be stewing in their own secrets, Jean plans the funeral for Gray Jones and uncovers some tough truths about the Jones women, her failing career and a crippling inability to move on from a past relationship.

Jean of the Joneses
Original titleJean of the Joneses
IMDb Rating6.8 136 votes
TMDb Rating7 2 votes

(3) comments

  • ReganRebeccaDecember 16, 2016Reply

    Solid dramedy

    Stella Meghie offers up a cute tale in Jean of the Joneses, a story
    about a 20 something woman who is losing control of her life and gets
    perspective after her estranged grandfather dies in front of her.

    We met Jean as she is getting dumped by her boyfriend. She’s in a bad
    place as she is now temporarily homeless and in danger of losing her
    book contract as she’s spent her advance money on clothes while being
    unable to write a world. When she answers the door to her grandmother’s
    house and a strange man asks for her grandmother before dying none of
    her aunts will tell her who the man is. It’s only after rifling through
    his belongings that she finds out he was her estranged grandfather. And
    while the rest of her family are hell-bent on pretending he doesn’t
    exist, Jean sets out to uncover where he was all those years and why he
    appeared on her grandmother’s door step.

    The acting for this is great and the script is solid, if a little
    conventional. You can almost feel how this was developed in writing
    labs and workshops, it neatly follows very particular beats. This isn’t
    a bad thing, it leads for easy, digestible viewing. This is the kind of
    movie where everything is wrapped up in a neat bow by the end and even
    if we know where we’re going it’s a fun and enjoyable ride getting
    there.

  • shellybell-91129December 18, 2016Reply

    An Admirable Attempt

    What I appreciate most about this movie is that they wrote black
    characters with complexity instead of stereotypical traits and a story
    of stereotypical themes. Unfortunately, the attempts at dark humor were
    off by a country mile. We have all seen this movie before . Like, ‘This
    is Where I leave You” and just about every movie Woody Allen has ever
    made. Now I get the importance of comedic timing, because just about
    every actor in this movie completely lacks it. The main character comes
    off as whinny and the story just missed the mark overall. I do
    appreciate the attempt, because we need more movies like this with
    people of color.

  • TurfseerJanuary 16, 2017Reply

    Fledgling screenwriter’s tale of errant patriarch’s effect on dysfunctional family is better suited for TV soaps

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

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