Directed By: Michael Lehmann
Written By: Rich Wilkes
This is an under rated film, with a rating of 23% rotten on Rotten Tomatoes it is utterly and completely under appreciated. I for one love when funny people get together to make a funny movie. It’s not going to win any awards but it’s a fun movie that I always enjoy watching. This ensemble cast is full of guys that went on to become superstars and it’s really cool to see them all together when they were young. I have always liked Brendan Fraser, but in many ways he has always been the dumb rocker he portrays in this film. He has occasionally showed some diversity in his acting but he is all too often just playing the part of someone dumb. Steve Buscemi brings some attitude and hostility to the table, he is a talented actor. He was on his way when this film was made but it was a couple more years before he really burst onto the scene with Fargo. This movie sports the young Adam Sandler that I really found funny, I have not been a fan of his work over the last ten years for the most part. The late, great Chris Farley is in this film, we really didn’t get enough of him before he died, we have to cherish what we do have. This movie is loaded with other big names as well, Allen Covert, Michael Richards, Ernie Hudson (as a cop, go figure), David Arquette, Judd Nelson, Joe Mantegna, and even Harold Ramis makes a small cameo.
The movie has a vague message about the music industry in the 90s and I have heard it criticized along these lines. I think that is ridiculous because this isn’t a serious movie, it’s not meant to be taken so literally. It’s just a silly movie that works well because of the strength of the cast. This movie is short and to the point, definitely worth your time.
Oh dear Ryan, it is rated so low because this movie is silly and cheesy. I like it, please don’t go on calling it under-rated. This movie has the beginnings of some really funny men that go on to become successful comedians. The overall concept is there, I like the idea that this band takes over the radio station in a hostage situation in order to get their single played on the air. It is a funny movie, but very silly.
NEXT MOVIE: Alice in Wonderland (2010)