The Motel Life – Starring Dakota Fanning – Arriving on DVD/Blu-ray June 3

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The Motel Life




Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, Dakota Fanning and Kris Kristofferson Star In Heart Wrenching Drama Based On The Popular Novel By Willy Vlautin


“The performances and ambience resonate.” New York Times

“Striking. Tinged with humor and heartbreak.”– Rolling Stone

 “Has the pull of a sad outlaw song.”–   Los Angeles Times

“A perfectly formed indie with a heart of gold.” – Indiewire


Emile Hirsch (Lone Survivor) and Stephen Dorff (The Iceman) star in the “real and heartbreaking” (Daily News) film The Motel Life, coming to Blu-ray and DVD June 3 from Cinedigm. Co-starring screen and music legend Kris Kristofferson (A Star Is Born) and Dakota Fanning (The Runaways), the drama is based on the acclaimed debut novel by Willy Vlautin. The Motel Lifealso features animation by award-winning animator Mike Smith. Special features in the home entertainment release include The Motel Life featurette, an illustration gallery and trailer.  The Motel Life is the directorial debut of brothers Alan and Gabe Polsky. 


This award-winning film is a searing and profound examination of brotherhood set in the timeless Sierra Nevadan frontier. Frank (Emile Hirsch, Into the Wild) and Jerry Lee (Stephen Dorff, Somewhere) are brothers who get by on telling fantastic stories and creating rich illustrations. When Jerry Lee is involved in a hit-and-run accident, the brothers are forced across the state to the home of Frank’s old flame, Annie (Dakota Fanning, The Twilight Saga). While they seem safe from the law, Jerry Lee’s instability and all-consuming guilt render their future increasingly uncertain.  “Through a miracle of tone, mood, and emotion, The Motel Life adds up to a heartbreaking whole.” (Sheila O’Malley,



Price: $14.93

Street Date: June 3, 2014                       

Pre-Book: April 8, 2014           

Language: English

Running time: 85 minutes

Rating: R

UPC: 883476143316



Price: $19.97

Street Date: June 3, 2014                       

Pre-Book: April 8, 2014           

Language: English

Running time: 85 minutes

Rating: R

UPC: 883476143323

My Review

I am a fan of Dakota Fanning, so when I was asked to review this movie, I immediately said yes the minute I saw Dakota Fanning’s name. I probably should have read more about the movie first before I agreed, because I didn’t realize that it was rated R, which I don’t normally watch those kinds of movies. This movie definitely isn’t the type of movies I normally watch and I had a hard time watching it since it had nudity, sexual scenes, and foul language. Still, I tried to put those things aside and focus on the actual story.


The story is sad and heart wrenching. I did feel for the brothers and the acting was superb. It was a very believable story. Throughout the movie, Frank tells his stories that he wrote and his brother, Jerry Lee, would illustrate them and you would actually get to see these in animation while Frank tells the stories. The brothers spent their life working odd jobs, drinking hard, and drifting from motel to motel. So their stories were their way of escaping. When Jerry Lee is involved in a hit-and-run accident, the brothers flee to the hometown of Frank’s old flame, Annie (Dakota Fanning). I loved seeing Dakota Fanning, she is such a great actress.


This is a sad story and personally, it’s not one of my favorite films. My husband enjoyed it though, but he likes these types of movies. I prefer romance and comedy over drama, but I can see why it received such great reviews. The Motel Life arrives to DVD/Blu-ray on June 3rd.


  1. shelly peterson says:

    This does sound like a pretty good movie. I hadn’t heard of it till I seen it on your blog/facebook page. I would probably wait and see it on dvd.

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