Sometimes all you need to survive life’s hurdles are a hunky guy who plays by his own rules and a little country music. That seems to be the basic outlay of “Jackie & Ryan,” the latest film from Ami Canaan Mann.
Katherine Heigl and Ben Barnes lead the movie which follows Jackie, a former singer whose marriage is falling apart, who finds hope in drifter/musician Ryan. Jackie is trying to extricate herself from her husband, who wants her to move to Manhattan and threatens to take sole custody of their child, while Ryan has to find his musical voice, an effort made even more difficult when his mentor dies. This one hardly charmed our critic in Venice, who called it “low on stakes, light on originality, and limp in execution.”
“Jackie & Ryan” opens in theaters and VOD on July 3rd.