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Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Aleksa Palladino, Mary Kay Place, Dean Silvers, Marlen Hecht
Director: Lisa Krueger
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
A pregnant teen and her younger sister run away from foster homes and kidnap a woman whom they believe can help with the pregnancy. Mary Kay Place, Scarlett Johansson and Aleksa Palladino star in this breakthrough drama th... more »
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Mary-Jo W. (mjowest) from SHELBYVILLE, MI
Reviewed on 12/18/2008...
I wanted to see Scarlett before she became a Big Star. I wasn't disappointed. This is a very good movie. Although the ending is very sappy and disappointing and doesn't fit with the rest of the movie, I would recommend it. Put it on your- I'd like to see it. But not your I GOTTA see it list. I had to have the volume up louder than I care to so I could hear Scarlett's gravely voice give narration. It's rated R, only because of one brief sex scene, and a lot of swearing. A Lot of swearing.
No men allowed
Dennis Littrell | SoCal | 07/12/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the sweetest film. It's definitely a "chick thing" with Manny and Lo and Elaine bonding around an infant to be (Lo's). No men are allowed in this paradise. One appears and he gets bopped over the head, gagged and hog-tied. This is a fem-family made on the run. Lo (Aleska Palladino) in her high teens runs away from a foster home with her younger sister, Manny (Scarlett Johansson). It's a Thelma and Louise crime spree made as a movie for children. Well, not quite. Turns out Lo's pregnant. She has been hiding this from 11-year-old Manny, who has the eye of Sherlock Holmes and is the brains of this team. They find a rather nice, used only during the ski season, cabin in the woods and hole up to await the stork. They spot Elaine (Mary Kay Place), a lonely spinster working in a baby clothes shop and kidnap her to help deliver the baby. Everybody, despite gruff exteriors, has a heart of gold, and togetherness and loving concern prevail. And what's wrong with that?Nothing really. But I was thinking: this is the obverse of male war movies where none or few women appear, men doing their manly thing killing one another, women irrelevant. I think that's the key word here for director Lisa Krueger: in the reproductive game that is war by other means, men are irrelevant. Or almost so. In war it doesn't matter how many men are killed. As long as there are some left the population will quickly spring back. Kill the women, though, and you have a serious population problem. Manny and Lo and Elaine prove that you really don't need the male: his sperm will do, and that way you don't have to put up with his loutish behavior.I think I got this right. Anyway, it's a cute movie."
FreakyGeek | Dallas, Texas | 12/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw Manny and Lo for the first time on the OXYGEN channel earlier this year and fell in love with it. The movie is very entertaining and funny at times, I'm so glad that it is finally coming out on Dvd! I'm going to be at the front of the line buying this one when it comes out in January."
GREAT, GREAT MOVIE WITH THE EXCELLENT MARY KAY PLACE..
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Manny and Lo is another good argument for Independent movies. The characters are like every day people. They do really messed up things but are basically very good people, just like in real life. This movie doesn't have the simple answers and simple situations that most Hollywood films seem to have way too often. But mostly this film has great performances. The two lead characters are portrayed beautifully by two very young actresses. But my real love is the very underrated actress Mary Kay Place. She is so good in every role, from Pecker to the Big Chill. Give This woman more film work. Not all roles, for women past 40, need to go to Streep."