Jayne Mansfield's Car

Jayne Mansfield's Car

DVD - 2013
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It's 1969 in a small Alabama town, and the death of a quirky clan's long-estranged wife and mother brings together two very different families for the funeral. But do the scars of the past hide differences that will tear them apart or expose truths that could lead to the most unexpected collisions of all?
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Anchor Bay Entertainment, c2013
Branch Call Number: DVD Jayne
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 121 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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walnumacs
Nov 16, 2017

Excellent movie. Way above my initial expectations. Definitely worth watching.

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ncs1961
Nov 11, 2017

disclaimer: I'm DONE with watching films in which female characters exist only for sexual contact with "real" characters.
Some of these assorted sketches were introductions to interesting stories not told here - Mr Bedford brings his wife home for burial & meets her first family for the first time (and explains why he never invited her children to visit England before); Skip's journey through WWII and recovery from PTSD; single hippie dad Carroll in sleepy southern hometown; travelling the freak show circuit with Jane Mansfield's wrecked car in tow. They did not feel like a story, though.
The three "brothers" did not generate a brotherly vibe. Kevin's hair was a distraction. Robert Duvall is so Duvallish, I find it difficult to see the characters he portrays. And, there were a heck of a lot of nondescript people strewn about the place - almost as if BBT had promised a bunch of folks "a part in my next movie".

Franln Dec 07, 2016

What an interesting and endearing story. Robert Duvall is an amazing actor, as is the rest the cast. Ron White has a tiny role basically playing himself which is pretty hilarious. The movie title is really irrelevant to the story.

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DuaneMcNaughton
Oct 04, 2016

I didn't even watch the whole thing. Basically a bunch of dysfunctional idiots maundering on about their family dynamics. Robert Duvall can be really irritating when he overplays the mean old grouchy curmudgeon, just as he has in other movies, including "Secondhand Lions". The movie was just more on the stupid Tennessee Williams/William Faulkner dissipated southern dick-head theme.

7duffy Aug 30, 2015

Great performances and well directed by Billy Bob Thornton. Some good introspective moments of family scars and some ground already covered in other movies. Overall, a decent film.

clover05 Apr 29, 2014

Ditto the below warning. This was a terrible movie on all levels -the premise. the storyline, the era portrayed (1969), the dialogue, the acting - everything was off and nothing rang true. Accept it as comedy and perhaps it works. Billy Bob as a WWII ace shot down over Guadalcanal still looking for daddy Duvall love in his 50's? Kevin Bacon as a marine medic wounded in the battle for Saipan who 25 years later runs around as an extraordinarily phony hippie wondering why daddy Duvall had never responded to a WWII letter he wrote. Robert Patrick as an uptight martinet who is jealous of his brothers because he only ran a laundry in WWII - but he's daddy D's favorite - perhaps. Never seen so much 50's (age of characters) angst so badly played. But then again, accept it as a spoof (to include one really poor daddy d psychedelic incident) and perhaps you can get through it - but probably not for the reasons the makers intended.

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jfd5
Jan 21, 2014

don't bother...what a waste of time...kept waiting for something but just bombed...i'll never get back those 220 minutes~!

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