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I don’t necessarily have a problem with the clichés naturally built in to a rock n’ roll movie, but let’s get real, you’ve seen this all before and done much better. While it’s kinda fun seeing a young
The reason why punk rock never lasted is because once record companies got a hold of the bands, they homogenized them into a more marketable item. (Hence, “punk” became “New Wave”.) The same thing happened with this film. If it had been produced by an independent company, the rock n’ roll sequences might have felt a little more real. Since it’s a Paramount Picture, it all feels a little too “safe”. Even the presence of Steve Jones and Paul Cook from The Sex Pistols (who penned a handful of decent songs for the soundtrack) can’t help the flick.
By the time the film came out, punk music was passé, so the studio barely released it; leading people to assume that it’s some kind of a lost classic. Now that’s it’s out on DVD and I’ve actually watched it, I’d say that they shelved it not because they couldn’t market it, but because really, it’s just not very good.
I did have fun spotting Debbie (Play-Mate of the Apes) Rochon as a groupie though.