Sunlight Jr

Sunlight Jr

Streaming Video - 2013
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Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon play Melissa and Richie, a Florida couple dealing with an unexpected pregnancy while holding minimum wage jobs.
Publisher: [United States] : Gravitas Ventures : Made available through hoopla, 2013.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 95 min.)) : sd., col.
Alternative Title: Sunlight junior

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mjayh
Aug 11, 2015

Not an easy-to-watch film by any means, but worth watching--especially if you're weary of escapist films filled with privileged people. A whole lot of folks live as these characters do, but you'd never know it based on the films Hollywood generally produces.

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Audrey1976
Aug 01, 2015

There's nothing to feel good about with this movie. Depressing and hopeless. The main character has a shot at some hope and happiness and destroys it in the end. I love Matt Dillon, so I hate to say this - but don't waste your time.

Quimeras Apr 22, 2015

A grim film.

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COURIER3
Feb 07, 2015

EVERY ONE IN THE MOVIE A LOSER, DEAD BEATS, NO PRIDE OR CLASS.ALL PROBABLY ON WELFARE.I WOULD NOT WANT MELISSA FOR AN EMPLOYEE, WITH HER I DON'T CARE ATTITUDE I DON'T CARE FOR MATT DILLON AS AN ACTOR.. WAS A GOOD THING A CHILD DID NOT GROW UP IN THAT ATMOSPHERE. WHERE DID ALL THE KIDS COME FROM THAT GRANDMA WAS TAKING CARE OF? WAS SHE A NANNY OR FOSTER PARENT? WAS GLAD WHEN THIS 2013 MOVIE ENDED.

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AQUILEA777
Jan 26, 2015

Two losers can't let go. They want you to share in their misfortune.

Like a Bukowski story without any humor, SUNLIGHT JR. is a study of the underclass -- a dead-end low-wage job, drunken sex, an ambiance of filth and vermin. This is what makes it worthwhile viewing. Not many movies will spotlight the seedy side of American life without buffing it up and making it into a fable of transcendence. SUNLIGHT JR. doesn't do that. It does in the end turn into something of a PLANNED PARENTHOOD commercial. But that's okay. It works.

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hammer59
Dec 12, 2014

Makes your skin crawl and the unease you feel watching the train wrecks featured only makes this film worth watching.

Underrated FOR SURE! Two former A-list actors (Watts/Dillon) still have powerful talent and still look awesome. A major salute for performing in such a bleak but powerful film.

That it is so disturbing and bleak---yet undeniably the common fates of millions of lost Americans in a lost Nation makes it worth giving a look.
Not all movies can be like "Good Dogs Go to Heaven."

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pl8
Oct 12, 2014

A film that is great for its simplicity. There are no gimmicks, no preachy dialogue, no clear archetypes. Its just a simple story about two people who are poor. One works a crappy job, one is disabled. They live at a cheap motel, with family or in their car. Running out of gas on the way to work is an annoyance, but hardly unheard of. Their peers that have gone the drug dealer route are uppity towards them and have nicer things. Despite their poverty, the news of pregnancy brings joy to their lives. It was partially inspired by 'Nickel and Dimed', 'Someplace Like America" and 'The Working Poor'. This is an underrated film and deserves more praise.

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