Manny & Lo

Manny & Lo

Director: Lisa Krueger

Cast: Lisa Krueger, Scarlett Johansson, Aleksa Palladino, Mary Kay Place

     
 

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The debut feature from writer/director Lisa Krueger stars Scarlett Johansson and Aleksa Palladino as the titular Manny and Lo, orphaned teenaged sisters who avoid foster homes by living on the run, stealing food, and sleeping in random model homes. Older sister Lo is the rude, bossy, incompetent leader, and younger sister Manny is her thoughtful, realistic, logical… See more details below

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The debut feature from writer/director Lisa Krueger stars Scarlett Johansson and Aleksa Palladino as the titular Manny and Lo, orphaned teenaged sisters who avoid foster homes by living on the run, stealing food, and sleeping in random model homes. Older sister Lo is the rude, bossy, incompetent leader, and younger sister Manny is her thoughtful, realistic, logical underling. It quickly becomes apparent that Lo is pregnant and they won't be able to continue their wandering lifestyle of "keep moving and you won't get nailed." After a significant stage of denial, Lo goes to a hospital for an abortion and is denied. Quickly running out of options, Lo comes up with plan that seems ridiculous to the observant narrator Manny. Since they don't know anything about birthing babies, they kidnap Elaine (Mary Kay Place), a middle-aged woman dressed as a nurse who works in a maternity store. Together, the three women squat in an abandoned house in the woods so the disgruntled Lo can have her baby. Eventually, the owner of the house comes home and the captive Elaine resorts to a strange solution to the problem.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
It's interesting to note how few movies are made on the subject of pregnancy, given how frequently and variously the situation actually occurs in the human experience. Lisa Krueger's debut film, Manny & Lo, thankfully addresses the issue with a quirky, gentle wit. Tough as nails Laurel (called Lo) is played by Aleksa Palladino with the appropriate snarl and detachment of a 16-year-old who happens to be a pregnant runaway. Her impulsiveness effectively fuels the survival elements and kidnapping plot; her desperation and ineptitude makes the silly premise believable and fun. Providing the narrative voice, Scarlett Johansson gives the 11-year-old Amanda (called Manny) a calm intelligence, bringing a heart and soul to the situation. Their bickering sisterly interplay is tempered when they meet Mary Kay Place, ideally cast as Elaine, a matronly saleswoman and knower of all things prenatal. The three women form a bizarre family structure as the disorganized young criminals lose their direction and enviably grow closer to their hyper-feminine captive, leading up to a genuinely warm conclusion. John Lurie's jazz and rock-influenced musical score also adds to the creative and playful atmosphere. Marking the breakthrough of its two lead actresses, Manny & Lo was nominated for several Independent Spirit Awards in 1996.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/1997
UPC:
0043396871038
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Scarlett Johansson Amanda
Aleksa Palladino Laurel
Mary Kay Place Elaine
Glenn Fitzgerald Joey
Angie Phillips Connie
Dean Silvers Actor
Paul Guilfoyle Mr. Humphreys
Cameron Boyd Chuck
Novella Nelson Georgine

Technical Credits
Lisa Krueger Director,Screenwriter
Wendy Jo Cohen Asst. Director
Dina Goldman Set Decoration/Design
Marlen Hecht Producer
Gary Kauffman Associate Producer
Tom Krueger Cinematographer
Sharon Lomofsky Production Designer
John Lurie Score Composer
Jennifer Parker Costumes/Costume Designer
Ellen Parks Casting
Pope Entertainment Group Producer
Colleen Sharp Editor
Dean Silvers Producer
Irin Straus Sound/Sound Designer
Klaus Volkenborn Executive Producer

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