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3 stars

The Beatles was a revolutionary band of young men in the sixties, known for their pop melodies and their rockin' tunes. But what do you know of their movies? Well let's see...

A Hard Day's Night. Okay, we have a winner here. Box office hit, musical genius, Oscar nod for writing, gained respect from general audience. Okay.

From there, the downfall begins.

Now, don't get me wrong. I like the Beatles. I may not be a child of the sixties -- you know, flower power and shit like that -- but I do like my Beatles. But really.

HELP! is the archtypical sixties movie in the way of it's aesthetics. You've got it's fashions, it's slang, it's houses. Keep in mind where John Lennon slept in the movie -- HE SLEPT IN A FRIGGIN HOLE IN THE FLOOR! BUT IT WAS COOL! THAT'S THE SIXTIES FOR YOU!

HELP!'s downfall is quite frankly that it is fragmented into so many pieces that the narrative is lost. You leave the movie quite confused. Stylistically it's sound, musically it's sound, but in terms of the plot, it is all but sound. One might call it... insane?

Maybe that's what John, Paul, George and Ringo were looking for, but then it defeats the purpose of utilizing the medium of film. Film and cinema is all about story telling. You are telling a story. If The Beatles WERE indeed looking for a movie that made them look funny and not concentrate on the plot, then what we have is NOT a movie, but what we have is ninety minute commercial for HELP! the CD.

All that said, I've got to say, that for a movie, I was disappointed, but for a Beatles advert, I was entertained. It is quite funny in it's own Monkee's sort of shtick. I would recommend HELP!... the soundtrack.

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7/12/17 Carl Brits make the best music and best comedy. Score. 5 stars
10/14/11 Matt Ferrell Great movie! I like A Hard Days Night better.. but this is a good 2nd. 5 stars
1/08/10 the dork knight "Dude, Where's My Car" with Beatles music added. 3 stars
12/22/09 SirGent A great film that has aged quite well! Classic. 5 stars
12/08/07 R.W.Welch So-so effort. Some good tunes. 3 stars
7/18/05 Brandy Harrington Don't listen to that retard. Very funny, and a fucking GREAT SCORE. The Beatles are #1! 5 stars
7/13/05 nathan it was poor do not watch it 1 stars
11/17/04 Gooey A THINGY SINGY!!!!!!! 5 stars
12/12/03 ROY L. CAIN,JR. The Fab 4's second best film. Best scene: "ANOTHER GIRL". 4 stars
12/31/02 John Aster Habig great music and the most intriguing plot to a rock musical 5 stars
9/25/02 I Can't Swim Hysterical slapstick, great music, the Fab Four..what the fuck more do you want? 5 stars
7/15/02 Joey Husain It was a lot better than A Hard Day's Night and Completley Enjoyable to watch. 5 stars
2/15/02 Mad Max Has enough funny moments and the boys are enduring 4 stars
4/12/01 Andrew Carden Extremly goofy setting, OK acting, some good numbers, horrible everything else. 3 stars
4/05/01 Hawkeye It's not Hard Day's Night, but it'll keep you interested and laughing. 4 stars
1/25/01 LSD see it when you trip 5 stars
12/14/99 Tonya Harley reciculously funny, lighthearted, humorous 4 stars
11/01/99 Ryan Philippe gets hit by a car and it rules Then again I did watch it on extasy while getting head from an Albanian whore 5 stars
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