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An unexpectedly good film.

MedievalinNYC, IMDb
21 February 2003
  • Summary: This film is not just that typical on the road Middle America odyssey, with frequent stops in kitschy bars and dusty diners. Jackpot has a well written script with a strong focus on character development and interaction. Gries and Morris work well together as a fly-by-night duo. Gries' goofy but personable character allows his mediocre singing to be quite intriguing. The witty dialogue was enjoyable and consistent throughout the film.
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"Jackpot" strikes indie gold!!!

Nick Dets, IMDb
13 February 2003
  • Summary: The Polish Brothers' "Jackpot" is a unique and well crafted, but unfortunately flawed little movie about determination and the weight carried that can cause one to let go of their dreams. It is as entertaining as it is long, but endless on creativity. It is a bizarre, unpredictable trip following a mysterious kareoke singer named Sunny Holiday and his even stranger counterpart Lester Irving. Both are pathetic in their obsessive desires, but also oddly motivated.
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Overall 9
9.0

A Throwback of Sorts

KingJJ, IMDb
29 January 2003
  • Summary: If this was 1972, Jackpot would star Jack Nicholson as a talented, but down on his luck musician searching the dusty corners of the country looking for his big break and the pieces of his squandered life. Critics would hail it as being gritty and brave. But Jackpot takes place in the here and now.
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Overall 6
6.0

An excellent film with limited appeal.

George Parker, IMDb
22 October 2002
  • Summary: In "Jackpot", the Polish brothers tell the story of a character who is more curious than interesting - a soap-selling professional karaoke hustler (Gries) with his own agent (Morris) and impossible dreams of making it as a pop singer. The film has a good premise and an excellent execution but is doubtless destined to be one of those fringe indies with earnest integrity which flies in the face of limited market appeal.
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An unexpectedly good film.

(medievalinny@aol.com), IMDb
21 July 2002
  • Summary: This film is not just that typical on the road Middle America odyssey, with frequent stops in kitschy bars and dusty diners. Jackpot has a well written script with a strong focus on character development and interaction. Gries and Morris work well together as a fly-by-night duo. Gries' goofy but personable character allows his mediocre singing to be quite intriguing. The witty dialogue was enjoyable and consistent throughout the film.
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Overall 8
8.0

Sensitive and realistic portrait of 'small time' artists

hphillips (hvap@rcn.com), IMDb
6 August 2001
  • Summary: Even more than the previous, awesome movie by the Polish brothers, "Jackpot" presents a quiet, even-keeled portrait of what at first seem like a ridiculous pair, but who's sincerity and refusal to give up makes you admire them. There's a kindness to the ironic view that is a relief; the characters are not exaggerated or spoofed into cartoon-condition, their audiences aren't either. The tone of the film is respectful yet ironic - a healthy mix.
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Overall 9
9.0

A little more fast forward and it would be perfect.

behindcamera, IMDb
27 July 2001
  • Summary: This film opens with a SNAP! Love the crazy use of the old car cassette player to rewind and fast forward us through the thoughts in Sunny Holiday's otherwise empty head. Jon Gries, who plays Sunny, is excellent. However, the movie slows down a bit from there. Loved the singing, the one night stands, the poetry readings that are voice over, but some of the chit chat that happens in the long in betweens, though funny at times, looses you. Cut cut cut.
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Overall 10
10

Lot of good humor

movielver2001, IMDb
26 July 2001
  • Summary: This flashback, head trip style is confusing at first but really works at the story unfolds. Once we find Sunny Holiday (Jon Gries, great job by the way) sitting in his car rewinding and fast forwarding his tape over and over until finally interrupted by his karoake tour manager, Les (Garrett Morris) you realize he is as obsessive compulsive as his brother (played by Anthony Edwards and Rick Oberton).
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Overall 10
10

Great film, uniquely cut

artlofty, IMDb
16 June 2001
  • Summary: A simple story about a simple man....with more in his head than his brain can process. He sits in his car, rewinding and fast-forwarding his favorite song as he "spins" through the high and low points of his marriage and singing "career." Bizarre flick brilliantly cut! The film, I am told, was shot on 24p Hi Def video. Bravo.....looks like Film! Great color too! A technological must see.
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Overall 10
10

Jackpot lies ahead, just a little further down the road.

Blind Willie McTell, IMDb
23 May 2001
  • Summary: Attached to every dream there is a ticking clock, an acceptable window of opportunity. When that window closes it's time for the dreamer to "Give it up", and "Get a life", or run the risk of society labeling them a pathetic loser. An unfair stigma if you ask me. Jackpot's Sunny Holiday (Jon Gries) is one such dreamer, whose dream it is to make it big as a singer.
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