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Kurt & Courtney
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by Chris Parry

"Not a fanboy fluff piece, no music. A look at heroin chic."
4 stars

I had some preconceived notions going in to Kury and Courtney.

First was that it would be a puff piece with plenty of Nirvana songs and adulation.

Second was that it would centre on some wild conspiracy theories about how Kurt was killed, basically coming across biased.

Third was that it would be boring as hell if you aren't a died in the wool Cobain fanatic.

Well, I'm happy to say I was wrong on all counts.

The music was basically Nirvana-less, what with Courtney controlling the music rights and her not being too chuffed about this film coming out.
The conspiracy theories are there, even prominant, but the documentarian, esteemed British documentary maker Nick Broomfield, does not cave to them, nor sensationalise them. He in fatc tries to break them down and disprove them, so as to get to the truth.
And I'm happy to say, that as someone who could give a flying fuck about Nirvana, I enjoyed this doco regardless.

The crux of this film is not Kurt, nor the music, nor Courtney. What really got me interested was the trials and tribulations of making an expose about a situation where all the main proponents spent the vast majority of the 80's sticking syringes in their arms, climbing the walls and talking to themselves in the bathroom. It proves tough to make a film where every witness is either mental or rapidly going mental.

To make things even more interesting, you have characters like El Duce, a fat old punker who looks 60 but claims to be 35, who claims through a drunken stupor that Courtney offered him 50 grand to "whack" her husband. El Duce meets an untimely demise before the filming has been completed.

Then there's the fact that the documentarian decides he doesn'tbelieve Courtney has anything to do with Kurt's death, only to be interrupted by a phone call telling him that Courtney's lawyers have scared off his film's financers and the film has been canned.

We couldn't give a fuck what was Kurt's favorite song, and the doumentary doesn't care either. It's more concerned with the grunge/heroin chic that allowed people to gain humungous wealth, and ultimately drive them to doom.

This film won't tell you who killed Kurt. But it will show you a large part of why if he wasn't murdered, he might have decided that chewing on a shotgun beats coming home to a fucked up wife.

It's a documentary. A British documentary. Don't expect explosions. Don't expect music videos. Be amused at how the other half lives.

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originally posted: 09/03/98 01:55:39
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8/17/14 eeeheeheehee I don't believe the conspiracy. He killed himself. 2 stars
2/17/07 David Pollastrini said a lot without saying much 2 stars
8/31/05 ES She did have him killed and the world is a gloomier place without Nirvana 4 stars
7/18/05 Brandy Harrington I'm a Nirvana fan, but this thing kinda sucks. 2 stars
4/07/05 Alejandro Luna Even if she's not a killer, Courtney's skank and flabby behind deserves to kicked like this 5 stars
6/11/04 Kurt Rules K-dog you are a fucking cocksucker, go listen to your shitty Linkin Park CDs. 5 stars
4/15/04 jo007 Take a look at this movie...and you'll hate COURTNEY SLUT LOVE even more..Kurt kick ass!!!! 5 stars
4/06/04 John Aster Habig Awesome dead on look at the sadomasochistic relations of a sad poet and a cruel hag 5 stars
1/06/04 Charles Tatum Plays like an Oliver Stone paranoia special 2 stars
1/27/03 John Aster Habig profound, solid, though-provokoing could finally send Courtney 20 to life at a state prison 5 stars
8/08/00 Rob Courtney Love rocks. Her music was always better then Kurt's. 4 stars
6/15/99 Dylan Its like acid-it can potentially make you very, very paranoid. I liked it though. 4 stars
4/11/99 Tristynn Very disturbing.I knew all along the nasty bitch killed him...great movie for Kurt fans.. 5 stars
10/24/98 Vincent A hilarious collection of white trash, but has nothing to do with Kurt & Courtney 4 stars
10/18/98 Kwyjibo Someone should ban Chip Taylor. Oh yeah, the movie was funny. 4 stars
8/16/98 {{{OZ}}} Courtney did him in, but it wasn't her fault. She was strung out at the time. Swear. 4 stars
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  27-Feb-1998 (R)
  DVD: 10-Apr-2001

  03-Jul-1998 (15)

  17-Sep-1998 (M)

Directed by
  Nick Broomfield

Written by
  Nick Broomfield

  Nick Broomfield
  Kurt Cobain
  El Duce
  Tom Grant
  Hank Harrison
  Courtney Love

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