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47 Ratings

Jayne Mansfield's Car

Directed by Billy Bob Thornton
United States, Russia, 2012


The drama is about two families from different countries whose cultures clash. The drama takes place in the 1960s.

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Jayne Mansfield's Car Directed by Billy Bob Thornton
There’s a terrific movie struggling to escape from this overplotted, overedited, overdetermined stew directed by Billy Bob Thornton, who co-wrote it with Tom Epperson… Though the situations arising from the clashing cultures and shaken-up routines often lurch between cliché and silliness, Thornton directs with a sure feeling for mood, texture, and place.
September 16, 2013
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While this thematic element has inherent fascinations, the film doesn’t explore them so much as it scatters them through the narrative as intriguing indicators of character. In effect, Thornton seems less interested in creating a coherent, focused comedy-drama than in fashioning a group of colorful, variegated folks and inviting us to enjoy spending time with them.
September 13, 2013
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Here, despite the small scale of the film and the rough, predictable outlines of the story, Thornton has inspired these veterans to turn in great work — a welcome reminder that his is a directorial voice that’s been gone for too long. Jayne Mansfield’s Car isn’t likely to set America’s theaters on fire, but it’s a powerful whisper of a film.
September 13, 2013
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