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Set 100 miles south of the setting of the Polish brothers' first feature, Twin Falls Idaho, Jackpot tells the story of Sunny Holiday Jon Gries, a down-on-his-luck karaoke dweller who has hopes of becoming a country singer. He has abandoned his feisty wife Bobbi (Daryl Hannah) and young daughter to set off on a nine-month road odyssey with his manager Lester Irving (Garrett Morris), in an effort to collect cash at local karaoke gigs. Lester grooms Sunny by choosing what songs he will do, keeping up with what the judges are like, and negotiating with competitors like Sammy Bones (Mac Davis),… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a comedy but the laughter it prompts is dark and parched."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"The Polish brothers are clearly talented; all they need now is a story that's more interesting than this one."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Has its moments, but if we're meant to care about these losers, the film misses by a mile."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"These appealing characters wear out their welcome at about the same time it becomes apparent they're going nowhere slowly and that the teasing promises made by the story's fractured sensibility will be modestly realized at best."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A disappointing tease of a movie, all low-rent glimmer and ominous hints of something awful that either happened or is going to happen."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Because there is no real chance Sunny will triumph -- Rocky this isn't -- we await the end with the same polite, mildly bemused vacancy with which we await the end of a serious karaoke performance, only without the benefit of alcohol."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"The Polish brothers are onto something about their view of small-towns in the western part of America..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The Polish brothers seem more intent on giving their film an artsy sheen than on making sense of the characters or their plight."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Jackpot's song skips about the countryside never hitting full groove."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
"Being the kind of film that opts for visual flash over intellectual (or emotional) substance, Jackpot doesn't hold up for the long haul."
‑ Karla Peterson, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Ends up a lot like Sunny's singing: pointless and more than a little flat."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
""Jackpot" is a downbeat but effective character study ..."
‑ Ted Murphy, Baseline.Hollywood.com
"For anyone interested in a movie that wipes clean the grungy patina of self-delusionment, Jackpot hits solid pay dirt."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Ultimately, Sunny is too hopeless to really care about."
‑ Barry Johnson, Oregonian
"Dominated by a protagonist so uninteresting that he overshadows everything."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
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