Sunlight Jr.

Synopsis: Hard-working convenience store clerk Melissa and her disabled boyfriend Richie are trapped in a generational cycle of poverty. Their luck may be changing when they learn that Melissa has become pregnant. But as soon as she loses her job and they get evicted from the motel they live in, their joy vanishes.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Laurie Collyer
Production: Samuel Goldwyn Films
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

Mmm, what are you doing, babe?

Going to work.

It's rainin'.

No. I'll drive ya.

I got to cash my check.

Well, hurry up.

I'm gonna be late.

Well, good morning to you, too.

Hm, look at you.


You look great.

I love that color on you.

Let's go.

All right.

Hold your horses.

So, I'll tell you

what I'm gonna do.


Where's that list?

Watch out.

That person...

Ahh. I had a list with me.

It's good to make lists of stuff.

It's good.

I always make a list

so I don't forget.

That's what I keep telling you.


All right.

So, I'm gonna cash my check,

and, uh, then we'll do

a little shopping,

get some food and some beer.

I got to fix that ham

radio for that lady.

That's gonna probably bring

in a couple bucks.

If I can figure out the whole,

you know...


What? What?

We're low on gas.

Real low.

F*** it.

Say a prayer.

Damn it.


For real?

Sorry, babe.

God damn it.


Wish me luck.


All right. I'll see you.

What are you gonna do?

I'm just gonna wait it out.

You sure?


Yeah, don't worry about me.

Go ahead.

You got it.

It's okay.


I'll see you later.

Oh, come on, Rich.

It's not your fault.

I'm the one who drove it last.

Yeah, but still.



Here I go.

Sorry I'm late.


I personally don't give a sh*t,

but Edwin's pissed off.

Ay, mamita.

Your hair's a mess.

Why don't you go fix it

before I leave, huh?

I will.



Christmas is coming.

Yeah, in two months.

Did your calendar break?

Oh, I forgot.

You don't know how to read.

Oh. Ha ha ha.

You want some or not, smart ass?


You sound like a Mexican.

Now, that's some straight up

Puerto Rican Coquito,

not some Mexican bullshit.

Oh, good morning.

Look who decided to join us.

Oh, sh*t.

You'd better call

management to complain.

Oh, wait.

He is management.

Best watch your mouth, winters.

Could have you fired

for being late again.

You know, I give you

the best shift of the day,

and you still can't be on time.

Why is that?

I'm sorry.

I'm really sorry.

It won't happen again.

Well, you're working

a double here.

I know. I know.

What else you know?

You know you're not supposed

to be smoking that cigarette

behind the counter,

so put it out.

Yes, sir.

And you other one,

you fixing to pay for those?

Honey, trust me.

If I wanted to steal

something from you,

it wouldn't be no

little sh*t like this.

How many cans you took?



Your pants are wet.


It's not 'cause of me, is it?

Ha ha.

Anything that says

"Swabian farms,"

pull it all and Chuck it.

So, that college program,

does the company pay for it

before or after you sign up?

Well, first off,

you got to be working here

a full 12 months to qualify.

I told you that before.

Secondly, you don't sign up.

You apply.

Just tell me.

Do they pay before

or after you sign up?

I don't know.

Maybe you should call the lady

in charge and ask her.

Better yet, maybe you can

look it up online.

Lady? What's her name?

Where do you want it?

You're not done, are you?

You didn't get that

peanut butter over there.

Says "Swabian farms" on it,

don't it?

Didn't I say anything that said

"Swabian farms" on it?


You throwing all of it away?

Sure am.

Can I take some home?

Tell 'em 'bout it

These sweet bunch

of b-b-brownies

Look at that.

Look at that.

That ain't no way

to live right there.


Hey, dad.

Do you think when we get home,

we can go shooting?

You can go shooting

with your Uncle Jack.

I got some business

to take care of first.


I hate that f***ing gimp.

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Laurie Collyer

Laurie Collyer (born 1967) is an American film director. Born in Summit, New Jersey, she grew up in Mountainside, New Jersey and attended Oberlin College. After working at a series of odd jobs, she went to film school at New York University. She is best known for writing and directing Sherrybaby, for which actress Maggie Gyllenhaal received a Golden Globe nomination. She also directed the film Nuyorican Dream in 1999. She is in development to direct a film based on the story of Julia Butterfly Hill and Luna which is to star Rachel Weisz. She has also written the screenplay of an upcoming adaptation of Sara Zarr's novel Story of a Girl. In 2013 she directed, Sunlight Jr., starring Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon. In 2015, she directed The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe which stars Kelli Garner, Susan Sarandon, Emily Watson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Eva Amurri Martino. In 2018, she directed a comedy-drama Furlough, starring Tessa Thompson, Melissa Leo and Whoopi Goldberg. more…

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