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SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROCK! (1994) ** ½

Renee Zellweger is a teenager in the ‘50s who just wants to rock n’ roll. Her mother (Nora Dunn) is concerned that she’s playing in a rock n’ roll band and she has their venue shut down. With the help of a DJ (Howie Mandel), Renee organizes a TV special to put rock n’ roll “on trial”.

Shake, Rattle and Rock was one of those “Rebel Highway” movies on Showtime that remade old AIP movies. I never saw the original flick, but this was OK. There’s not a lot to it (it plays mostly like a rehashing of Hairspray), but at least the music is pretty good. And you get to hear “C’mon Everybody” by Eddie Cochran (played here by Riki Rachtman) a bunch of times. (As well as Iggy Pop’s cover version; which plays over the end credits.)

Director Allan (Rock n’ Roll High School) Arkush gets a lot of mileage out of his cast. Renee Zellweger’s performance is energetic and you can tell she would become a star with her work in this flick. And Howie Mandel actually gives a really good performance as the DJ. John Doe plays the oldest juvenile delinquent in screen history. He’s pretty good though and has some chemistry with Zellweger. And it was kinda cool seeing Rock n’ Roll High School’s Mary Woronov, P.J. Soles, Dey Young, and Dick Miller reunited.

AKA: Glory Days.

Tags: comedy, remake, s
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