Sweet and Lowdown

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Released 1999

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Sweet and Lowdown

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Director:
Woody Allen
Released:
1999
Rating:
PG-13
Sweet and Lowdown is comedy genius Woody Allen's umpteenth hilarious feature, released in 1999 ' a period musical comedy, nominated for two Academy Awards. Sean Penn (Mystic River, Carlito's Way, Fast Times at Ridgemont Hight) stars as the fictional character Emmet Ray, the second greatest jazz guitarist during the 1930's, a sweet-natured but lost soul who suffers from kleptomania, runs a second-rate prostitution ring, brags incessantly about his greatness - yet panics when confronted with the prospect of meeting the world's first greatest guitarist - and thinks watching passing trains and shooting rats at the local dump are the height of entertainment. He also suffers from a deep-seated terror of emotional commitment, throwing up when his ever-loving mute girlfriend informs him she loves him, then flees in panic, breaking her heart and living on in everlasting regret for the foolish mistake he has made, letting the one true love of his life get away.

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  • 80

    The New York Times

    This is one very tuneful labor of love.

  • 80

    Variety

    The almost wall-to-wall music is glorious, with solo guitarist Howard Alden doing a sock job. Penn, incidentally, utterly convinces in the scenes in which he's seen "playing" the g...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    It's a loving and comic tribute to a musical era Allen knows well.

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