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Sweet and Lowdown

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Sweet and Lowdown

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
95 minutes
performer:
Samantha Morton, Sean Penn, Gretchen Mol, Uma Thurman
director:
Woody Allen
distributor:
Sony Pictures Classics
author:
Woody Allen
genre:
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a B-

Woody Allen’s 29th feature, Sweet and Lowdown, is an insubstantial mockumentary in which Depression-era jazz guitarist Emmet Ray (Sean Penn) pimps, boozes, squanders dough, plays heavenly guitar, steals from friends, shoots at rats, and squints at the ladies — most notably, a mute laundress named Hattie (Samantha Morton). The beauty of Morton’s Oscar-nominated performance is the way she finds, with a gamine’s grin and an orphan’s pout, more ways to say I love you than Penn’s tormented hero could begin to understand. B-

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