Jean of the Joneses
(2016, 86 min.)
Directed by: Stella Meghie
Screenwriter: Stella Meghie
Producers: Amos Adetuyi, Stella Meghie, Floyd Kane
Cinematographer: Kris Belchevski
Editor: Aren Hansen
Music: Robi Botos
Cast: Taylour Paige, Sherri Shepherd, Gloria Reuben, Erica Ash, Michelle Hurst, Mamoudou Athie, Francois Arnaud, Anna Hopkins, Demore Barnes
The life of 25-year-old Jean Jones, part of a multi-generational, middle-class Jamaican American family of strong-minded women, comes to an arresting stop when her estranged grandfather dies on the doorstep of the family’s brownstone during Sunday dinner. Tensions rise at the funeral as the Jones women face their divorces, infidelities and past transgressions. While uncovering the family’s buried secrets, Jean faces the tough truths of her failing career and her crippling inability to move on from a past relationship to the love that is staring her right in the face.
Stella Meghie delivers real black girl magic in her directorial and writing debut. Jean of the Joneses is a welcome breath of fresh air, offering a new modern depiction of Black family life anchored in the firm, albeit complicated, relationships of these dynamic women.