Movie Review – Juanita (2019)

Juanita, 2019.

Directed by Clark Johnson.

Starring Alfre Woodard, Blair Underwood, Marcus Henderson, Adam Beach, Ashlie Atkinson, Tsulan Cooper, Latanya Richardson Jackson and Kat Smith.


Fed up with her deadbeat grown kids and marginal urban existence, Juanita takes a Greyhound bus to Paper Moon, Montana where she reinvents herself and finds her mojo.

Coming-of-middle-age movies are a dime-a-dozen these days, yet Netflix feels like a perfect avenue for films like Juanita – that is, thoroughly middle-brow jaunts which wouldn’t post much business at the box office yet still deliver the moderately entertaining goods.

Adapted from Sheila Williams’ novel Dancing on the Edge of the Roof, this drama doesn’t have high-minded ambitions or really any ambition at all beyond telling a grounded, gently heartfelt and entertaining story about a woman seeking change later in her life. But thanks to Alfre Woodard’s amusingly prickly performance, it just about lands on the right side of worthwhile.
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