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The Ballad of Jack and Rose
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Directed By
Rebecca Miller

Written By:
Rebecca Miller, Michael Rohatyn, Michael Rohatyn

Cast:
Catherine Keener, Beau Bridges, Paul Dano, Jason Lee, Jena Malone, Susanna Thompson, Camilla Belle, Daniel Day-Lewis

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The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
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Movie Review by Tony
March 31st, 2006

"The Ballad of Jack and Rose" was a movie I expected way more then what I got out of it. I figure you got Daniel Day Lewis, who is one of the best actors in Hollywood but also one of the pickiest when it comes to the films he does. Throw in Catherine Keener of "40 Year Old Virgin" fame and some underrated but good actors. Plus, a good director in Rebecca Miller. I think should be a great film right?

But, instead we get a Lifetime level movie with characters that are supposed to be portrayed as Sympathetic but instead they are selfish, deranged, and bizarre. Daniel Day Lewis plays Jack, who lives with his teenage daughter Rose who is played by Camilla Belle they live in the middle of nowhere in an Island off the East Coast. She's not in school, and has no experience with the real world of any kind or anything outside of this Island. You can tell right off the bat that Jack and Rose are dangerously close.

Keener is his mainland girlfriend, he invites her and her two teenage sons to live with him and Rose. He's getting sick and has heart problems and needs help and assistance. Rose is jealous of these people and does acts on them that are heinous and cruel. Keener's two sons, one is a sex craved hippie and the other is a hair dresser who we are unsure if he's gay or not, since it's never really told.

This movie runs just under 2 hours. But, the problem with this movie is the main characters are trying to be portrayed in a sensitive and sympathetic light. But they, themselves are not sympathetic or sensitive. The movie is nicely shot, and well photographed, but there is no real engine behind it to keep your interest for 2 hours.

It's a very sour and depressing film that leaves you feeling a bit unsure after viewing it. It's not a horrible or bad film. The performances are fine, and so is the direction. The problem lies in the characters that the actors play. Everyone is so weird, deranged, and selfish, you don't really have any normal characters for them to play off or interact with.

It's a movie that I watched and afterward I felt like I got nothing out of it. Like I was watching a blank screen. I didn't hate the movie, didn't like it. I was indifferent to it and everything I had experienced. This movie belongs on Lifetime channel, not a major motion picture.

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