Manny and Lo (1996)

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By Scott Goldfine

Two orphaned sisters, 16-year-old Laurel (“Lo” played by Aleksa Palladino) and 11-year-old Amanda (“Manny” played by Scarlett Johansson), struggle to make it on the road after running away from foster homes in this ingratiating comedy. Taking refuge in a remote vacant house, a pregnant Lo and her sister kidnap a maternity shop clerk (Mary Kay Place) to assist with the pregnancy.

Strong characters and understated humor carry this pleasing film. Rated R.

GRADE: B+

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