Fifteen-year-old Abigail Breslin, America's erstwhile Little Miss Sunshine, is growing up -- not too fast, like some of her Hollywood peers and predecessors seem to be, but in her own time. Still: In the upcoming New Year's Eve, she'll share her first movie kiss; next year, she takes on the role of a real life teen killer. To kick off this new phase in her career, Breslin plays her first official teenage role in this week's music-themed Janie Jones, starring (and performing her own vocals) as a capable young girl forced on a road trip with the rock star father she never knew.
Imagine if Sofia Coppola's Somewhere had been about a girl who bonds with her estranged musician father while on tour instead of a girl who bonds with her estranged movie star dad at the Chateau Marmont. That alternative scenario is exactly what writer/director David M. Rosenthal explores in Janie Jones, which stars Abigail Breslin as the titular offspring and Alessandro Nivola as her struggling rocker father.