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Movies with or starring Jon Bon Jovi

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Released in 2005

Cry Wolf (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
Rated: PG13.
Starring: Jane Beard, Jon Bon Jovi
In Cry_Wolf, a group of students at a snooty prep school conjure a serial killer when someone takes a hoax a little too seriously. Owen (Julian Morris, Whirlygirl), who's just transferred to Westlake Academy, quickly becomes enamored of Dodger (Lindy Booth, Wrong Turn), a smart and sultry redhead who masterminds a game based on lying and manipulating the other players. After a murder in the nearby woods, Owen escalates the game by concocting a hoax about a serial killer called the Wolf--a hoax that swiftly turns into reality when the not-so-imaginary Wolf sends threatening e-mails to Owen. Cry_Wolf mixes your standard slasher movie with your standard secret-twist movie to no particularly effect. The Wolf--who wears an orange ski-mask and wields a hunting knife--is a generic boogeyman; text messages just aren't scary; and all the characters combined couldn't muster up an engaging personality. This movie was obviously made to fit a market niche, not because a writer or director had any genuine inspiration or had to exorcise a personal fear--but even for a b-movie this is meager stuff. Also featuring Jon Bon Jovi (Vampires: Los Muertos), Gary Cole (Office Space), and Anna Deavere Smith (The West Wing). --Bret Fetzer

Released in 2002

Vampires: Los Muertos ~DVD~
Rated: R Not for sale to persons under age 18.
Starring: Jon Bon Jovi, Natasha Gregson Wagner
Director: Tommy Lee Wallace

Jon Bon Jovi stars in this trashy but pretty entertaining horror flick. Vampires: Los Muertos centers on vampire hunter-for-hire Derek Bliss (Bon Jovi), who gets bounties from the likes of the "Van Helsing Group" for every bloodsucker he destroys. When a new client hires him to hunt down a particularly powerful vampire queen in Mexico, he reluctantly starts to form a team--only to discover that all his potential posse members have just been killed. But soon he gathers a haphazard crew (including Diego Luna from Y Tu Mama Tambien and Natasha Wagner from Lost Highway) and sets off across the hot Mexican landscape. Vampires: Los Muertos has some gaps in logic, but it's pretty lean and spry--in the first 10 minutes, the vampire queen has already bitten off someone's tongue--and it has enough cheap eye candy to be a satisfying low-budget flick. --Bret Fetzer

Released in 2000

Pay It Forward ~DVD~
Rated: PG-13
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment
Director: Mimi Leder

Pay It Forward is a multi-level marketing scheme of the heart. Beginning as a seventh-grade class assignment to put into action an idea that could change the world, young Trevor McKinney (Haley Joel Osment) comes up with a plan to do good deeds for three people who then by way of payment each must do good turns for three other people. These nine people also must pay it forward and so on, ad infinitum. If successful, the resulting network of do-gooders ought to comprise the entire world. Trevor's attempts to get the ball rolling include befriending a junkie (James Caviezel) and trying to set up his recovering-alcoholic mother Arlene (Helen Hunt) with his burn-victim teacher (Kevin Spacey), who posed the assignment.
Jon Bon Jovi plays the part of Trevor's dad and Arlene's alcoholic "missing" husband.

Released in 2000

U-571 ~DVD~
Rated: PG-13
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, et al.
Director: Jonathan Mostow

Taut and gripping, U-571 follows the exploits of a fictional team of World War II U.S. submariners who undertake a secret mission to capture a German Enigma machine to decode German documents. Writer-director Jonathan Mostow (Breakdown) tells an intense, economical tale, reminiscent of the best classic war films, while infusing it with modern sentiments. Spring 1942: A crew of young submarine sailors are on a much-needed 48-hour liberty when they're suddenly called together and engaged in an expedition. At the helm are Lieutenant Commander Mike Dahlgren (Bill Paxton), Lieutenant Andrew Tyler (Matthew McConaughey), and Chief Klough (Harvey Keitel). Other pivotal crew members include Tyler's Annapolis pal Lieutenant Pete Emmett (Jon Bon Jovi, proving his acting mettle) and Lieutenant Hirsch (Jake Weber), who, along with Marine Major Coonan (David Keith), organizes the mission. As much of the movie takes place in a submarine during WWII, there are inevitable comparisons with the technical masterpiece Das Boot, but Mostow's masterfully shot tale can hold its own. McConaughey's Tyler is believably earnest as he comes to grips with the reality, tragedy, and consequence of being in command. While this explosion-filled film consistently maintains its tense pace (as did the underrated Breakdown), it also presents with surprising restraint a genuine human story--and the remarkable journey of an unexpected hero. --N.F. Mendoza --

Released in 2000
(Not in the U.S.)

Row your Boat ~DVD~
Rated: NR
Starring: Jon Bon Jovi, William Forsythe, Bai Ling.
Director: Sollace Mitchell

Jamey Meadows (Jon Bon Jovi) is freshly released from Rikers Island prison after taking the fall for his burglar brother, GIL (William Forsythe). Back in Manhattan, Jamey is determined to lead a new crime-free life and to become a productive citizen. Jamey loses his first job when he stands up to his racist boss. Broke and homeless, Jamey is forced to clean windshields on Houston Street for money. He encounters Gil and his girlfriend, Patti, driving in their luxury car. Gil, a church-going burglar who prides himself on being non-violent, feels a fatherly responsibility to Jamey desperately needs money, he rejects Gil's pleas to help him rob stores again - but Jamey's weakening. Jamey lands a job as a New York City census taker and slowly saves money to get out of his homeless shelter. He meets and falls in love with Chun Hua (Bai Ling), a beautiful, young Chinese woman. To spend time with her, Jamey pretends that he's a successful writer and becomes her English teacher. He discovers that to support her baby, Chun Hua has married Liu Wei-Yan, a cruel, elderly Chinese businessman who treats her only as a showpiece. Chun Hua longs to return to her baby's father, an improverished graduate student in China. Meanwhile, Gil is trying to save his wife from Tony Lo Fat, a Chinese gangster to whom Gil owes $50,000. Gil goes after Jamey to steal Chun Hua's keys and rob her rich husband's townhouse for the money. Jamey refuses and stalls Gil with a fake house key. Nonetheless, Gil breaks in and kidnaps Chun Hua's baby as ransom for the money he owes to Tony Lo Fat. In the film's thrilling climax, Jamey steals the baby back from Gil, but not without terrible consequences. While escaping with the baby in a dinghy on the Hudson River, Jamey loses his own life. Just before he dies, Jamey hides an airline ticket to Beijing, purchased with his saving money, underneath the baby's clothes. He has given Chun Hua and her baby a way back to China. The film closes poignantly with Chun Hua teaching Jamey's favorite childhood song, "Row Your Boat," to her baby as they board the airplane

Released in 1998

HomeGrown ~DVD~
Rated: R
Starring: : Hank Azaria, Billy Bob Thornton.
Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal

Released to only a handful of theaters in the spring and summer of 1998, Homegrown was neglected by nervous distributors who couldn't figure out how to market a movie about marijuana farmers. As a result, hardly anyone saw this cleverly plotted comedy-thriller about three experienced pot growers in northern California (Billy Bob Thornton, Hank Azaria, and Ryan Phillippe) who guard their valuable outdoor crop against raids by the cops and unwanted competitors. When their mysterious leader is apparently murdered, Thornton assumes the dead man's identity to arrange one last, lucrative bumper-crop deal, but pulling off the scam proves to be a lot harder than they'd anticipated. While the three potheads seek refuge with an old colleague (Kelly Lynch) and routinely sample their goods (which explains the film's theatrical obscurity), Homegrown turns into a taut thriller fueled by equal parts comedy and paranoid tension--an update of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre with marijuana instead of gold! Featuring cameo roles for Jamie Lee Curtis, Ted Danson, Jon Bon Jovi and John Lithgow, this entertaining film fell victim to the misguided fear that it promotes drugs and illegal activity. If anything, it promotes interesting characters, catchy dialogue, and a welcomed alternative to mainstream Hollywood comedies. --Jeff Shannon

Released in 1998

No Looking Back ~DVD~
Rated: R
Starring: : Edward Burns, Lauren Holly, Jon Bon Jovi.
Director: Edward Burns

The third film in writer-director-actor Edward Burns's "Long Island Trilogy" is in some ways the slightest of the three, and that's a blessing and a curse. By keeping things spare, Burns is able to focus on the simple, honest humanity of his story, which centers on the emotional dilemma of Claudia (Lauren Holly), a small-town waitress whose engagement to blue-collar Michael (Jon Bon Jovi) is challenged when old flame Charlie (Burns) returns after an extended absence. Their shared history includes an abortion that left Claudia feeling abandoned and resentful, and for good reason, given Charlie's reputation for self-involved aloofness. As in his previous films, Burns demonstrates a subtle hand with actors and a keen awareness of life's authentic rhythm; this movie will strongly affect anyone who can relate to Claudia's need to find herself, independent of her tenuous relationships. The performances are uniformly superb: Holly expresses the confusion and seeking quality of her character; Burns makes Charlie both charming and bluntly self-serving; and Bon Jovi shows strong potential beyond his rock-star handsomeness. Indeed, the film's only weakness is that it's stretched too thin to be truly substantial, and Burns relies far too heavily on a soundtrack (with heavy doses of Bruce Springsteen and Sheryl Crow) that too often substitutes for dialogue. It's as if Burns didn't trust his own material; he needn't have been so insecure. --Jeff Shannon

Released in 1997

Jon Bon Jovi: Destination Anywhere (1997) ~VHS~
Destination Anywhere, which is a full-length LP by the artist Jon Bon Jovi, gets transfered from the concept of the album to the big screen. The idea behind this film, which works like a long music video is the fact that Jon and his wife, are in mourning over their child who was killed in an accident. As a result, both characters lives are full of confusion, despair and heartache. Jon seems like a lost soul in this film, he still hasn't gotten over the death of his child. As a result he enters a world of depression. His wife, played by Demi Moore is equally as frustrated and confused as Jon. The movie shows their pain and how they are still trying to cope with the loss. I was surprised at just how touching this film was, I was a little teary eyed when it was over. I felt for all the characters, all the characters seemed real to me. Not bad I say for a small little film like this. This film shows the world that Jon Bon Jovi is indeed a great actor, and a multi-talented entertainer. Demi Moore almost steals the show, when on screen she sucks you in with her beauty and her emotions. This is a must see for fans of both actors, especially Bon Jovi fans. I find that this film gives new meaning to Jon's solo LP, Destination Anywhere. I now appreciate it more and understand it better thanks to this film. While a little on the depressing side, Destination Anywhere still manages to be engaging and worthwhile on the strengths of it's focused stars. Also stars Kevin Bacon, Annabella Sciorra, Whoopie Goldberg.

Released in 1997

Little City ~DVD~
Rated: R
Starring: : Josh Charles, Annabella Sciorra, Jon Bon Jovi, Penelope Ann Miller.
Director: Roberto Benabib

In the "little city" by the bay, the lives of Adam, Kevin, Nina, Rebecca and Kate become interwined in a complicated web of sex, jealousy, obsession and finally, true love. Adam(Josh Charles), an artist moonlighting as a cab driver, is unable to maintain steady relationships with women. He blames this on his fixation with his ex-girlfriend, Kate(Joanna Going) who left him for a lesbian lover, Ann(JoBeth Williams). Carrying this torch for Kate has led Adam to neglect his current girlfriend, Nina(Annabella Sciorra) who turns to his philandering best friend, Kevin(Jon Bon Jovi). The illicit affair starts off as purely physical attraction, but ends up being much more once Kevin realizes his true feelings for Nina. Another love triangle forms as Adam tries to juggle his developing with Rebecca(Penelope Ann Miller) and his desire to win Kate back. Rebecca is the new girl in town who discovers, in more ways than one, just how small the single community is in San Francisco. It is Rebecca's ability to take chances with her heart that eventually wins Adam over in this charming picturesque film.

Released in 1997

The Leading Man ~DVD~
Rated: R
Starring: : Jon Bon Jovi, Anna Galiena, Lambert Wilson, Thandie Newton.
Director: John Duigan

British backstage theater romance about an American movie star who seduces a playwright's lonely wife and his leading-lady mistress. While it can't quite make up its mind whether it's a comic drama or a light thriller, it's still very entertaining stuff. Bon Jovi is surprisingly good as the brash, amoral Yankee, and Galiena and Newton are fetching as the women caught in his web.

Released in 1995

Moonlight and Valentino ~DVD~
Rated: R
Starring: : Elizabeth Perkins, Whoopi Goldberg.
Director: David Anspaugh

A young woman cannot deal with the reality of suddenly being widowed--despite the support of her best friend, her younger sister, and her ex-stepmother, who rally around her. Unusual subject matter portrayed with skill and unpredictability, though some will find it too talky and/or too studied in its quirkiness. The young widow's stepmother hires a wall painter to work on Rebecca's house and cheer her up. The painter is Jon Bon Jovi, whose presence brings out all sorts of feelings and fantasies in these women, specially Rebecca. One of the best moments of the movie is when the four women make not so proper remarks on his butt, believing he doesn't speak English, until they find out he DOES speak English and has been listening to every word they said. .

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