Manny & Lo

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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2004
  • UPC: 043396009875
  • Original Release: 1996
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Scarlett Johansson Amanda
Aleksa Palladino Laurel
Mary Kay Place Elaine
Glenn Fitzgerald Joey
Angie Phillips Connie
Dean Silvers
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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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. Fugitives
3. Model Home Squatters
4. Joey
5. Past the Point of No Return
6. Seeking a Place in the Country
7. Welcome, Tiffany
8. Connie's Connections
9. Kidnapping Elaine
10. Hunger Strike
11. Combination Check
12. Chuck Meets Tiffany
13. Broken Glass & a Warning
14. Smoke Signals
15. Elaine's Photos
16. Spaz Attack
17. How to Avoid Premature Labor
18. Unused Gift
19. Return of the Native
20. "This Is a Killer Hideout."
21. Elaine's Prisoner
22. Mr. Humphreys Escapes
23. Manny Makes a Choice
24. Labor Dance
25. Manny the Lookout
26. Waiting for the Cops
27. Desperately Seeking Elaine
28. Giving Birth
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Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Trailers
      All the Real Girls
      Masked and Anonymous
      My Life Without Me
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