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Sweet and Lowdown [DVD] [Closed Captioned; Widescreen]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Allen's pseudo-biopic about 1930's jazz guitarist Emmet Ray (Penn) is a personal tribute by the director to a period of musical history that has inspired and influenced him greatly. Penn immerses himself into the role of the boozing, womanizing Ray with his usual intensity (this time, with a comic slant). Cameos by Allen and author Henton give the film a TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN feel, but it is Zhao's rich photography, as well as the solid musical sequences, that provide the film with its depth. Overall, though, this is a lighthearted effort that aims solely for the funny bone. Morton steals the show as Ray's silently suffering wife in a breakout role that should elevate her to the forefront of Hollywood actresses.
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    • Rating - Sexuality; substance abuse
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 04757

  • Credits
    Sean Penn, Samantha Morton, Uma Thurman, Brian Markinson, Anthony LaPaglia, Gretchen Mol, John Waters, Vincent Guastaferro, James Urbaniak
  • Critic Reviews
    "Woody Allen is in a mellow mood with SWEET AND LOWDOWN....A wonderful showcase for presenting some of the great jazz standards he loves so much..."
    Variety

    "...Fizzy, fast-paced, eccentric....Penn and Morton both deservedly received Oscar nods..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
    Total Film

    "...Penn glows....Thurman charms....[Morton is] revelatory..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
    Premiere

    "...There's a sweetness to SWEET AND LOWDOWN whenever Penn and Morton interact on screen....Hers is a wondrous performance....Penn, who couldn't give a bad performance if he tried, is also fun..."
    Box Office

    "...[Penn] brings an essential energy and a nice deadpan comic sensibility to his portrait of the great and greatly flawed guitarist....It's a loving and comic tribute to a musical era Allen knows well..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Emmet Ray is a fictional character, but so convincing in Woody Allen's SWEET AND LOWDOWN that he seems like a real character of jazz history we somehow overlooked..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "The movie represents Woody in a minor mode, but it's marvelous all the same."
    Wall Street Journal

    "Morton garnered an Oscar nomination, and the also-nominated Penn is glorious....Profound, poetic and funny..."
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