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Still Crazy
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by Brian McKay

"Almost Funny, Spinal Limp"
3 stars

"Still Crazy" stars a bunch of Brit geezers I've never heard of before (except for Stephen Rea), as a group of has-been musicians from the 1970's who decide to go on a reunion tour. While it brings a few chuckles, the humor is contrived and the melodramatic aspects of it fail to strike the right notes.

The problem with this film is that it just doesn't quite ring true. All the cliche's you would expect are here. The glam-rock stars from the seventies, "Strange Fruit", are now has-beens with day jobs. All except for lead singer Ray, who seems to be a caricature of Ozzy Osborne right down to the glassy eyed, perpetually stoned, slack-jawed expression and the bitchy, meddling blonde manager and Yoko-ono-esque wife, Astrid. There's Tony (Rea), the down to earth keyboard player, Les the angry bassist, Beano the drummer who's running from tax collectors, and Karen, the groupie who once held the band together, and still does.

When an improbable set of circumstances leads to the band getting back together for a reunion tour, they encounter all the standard rock n' roll mishaps along their journey, slowly working their way from laughing stocks to respected rock and roll veterans. It's watchable, it's cute, sometimes it's funny, but in the end it is as forgettable as most of the real bands that rose and fell in the 70's. The performances are decent, but the dialouge is often stilted and the direction lackluster. And the music, for the most part, is really, really bad. I know there was a lot of bad shit made in the 70's, but was it really this bad? Someone who actually listened to rock and roll back then will have to let me know - I was ten.

The main shortcomings of this film are that it lacks the credibility of a film like "Almost Famous", as well as the comedic punch of "This is Spinal Tap". The attempts at humor are too obvious, lacking the subtlety of a "But these amps go to eleven" moment that is so funny because it's delivered in such an unassumingly pretentious manner. Likewise, the dramatic moments that are meant to be poignant never quite pull it off, landing just this side of sappy. There are worse ways to kill and hour and a half, but I'd rather watch a movie with midgets dancing around a foot-high model of Stonehenge.

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User Comments

11/25/16 woody Brian Mckay clearly wouldn't know a good film if it bit him on the ass.. 5 stars
9/09/15 Loll Great film, not supposed to be Almost Famous so why compare?? 5 stars
1/21/09 Cassie Best fil ever the music (especially the flame still burns) are brilliant! WATCH IT! 5 stars
11/25/07 vojie loved it. the flame still burns. gives hope. 5 stars
2/04/07 rhi2me my favourite film. this film puts me in a good mood, it makes me cry and makes me laugh. 5 stars
12/03/06 Carl Superb, 3 thumbs up, funny and the music is brilliant, WATCH IT!!! Curse those who disagree 5 stars
6/06/06 Zork Unlike the reviewer, I enjoyed it a lot. "God likes that 70's stuff after all!" 4 stars
9/09/05 Tom Bull the ultimate film to own if your a rocker, great cast great story lines, favourite film 5 stars
3/30/05 tatum Funny enough, but no "Almost Famous" 4 stars
2/08/05 karen richardson a nice little film about middle aged rockers 4 stars
7/19/04 Suzy This is a pretty damn good need to compare to other movies of this genre..i'm wet 5 stars
6/18/04 ERIC Many of the detractors of this film are unnecessarily ungracious. I, for one, was charmed. 5 stars
3/15/04 Andy Russell Superb - watched it twice in 24 hrs 4 stars
3/04/04 Shane Real good movie. The music is Brilliant 5 stars
1/21/04 rederikus very, very funny movie. watch it 5 stars
12/05/03 Alan Lobley Bloody Fantantstic - What do croitics Know 5 stars
7/02/03 Heather Amazing, the sadest and yet happiest film ive seen 5 stars
12/31/01 ravenhaired beauty Really good - brilliant performances, great humor - and not bad music either ! 4 stars
3/02/01 viking A very underrated movie. 5 stars
3/12/00 CONRAD funny 5 stars
3/11/00 Will that wasn't so bad. 4 stars
11/04/99 hum pretty dull 2 stars
9/23/99 John Roberson Too gentle--doesn't know whether to be funny or tragic & ends up neither. 3 stars
9/22/99 EllerZ34 I just turned 50.Those guys were me! Loved it. 5 stars
5/25/99 Steve G Twee but some funny performances 2 stars
3/12/99 Chuckeye Spinal Tap with a more human touch 5 stars
3/09/99 hisham his 5 stars
2/04/99 grunter A Hollywood first (I think): all the jokes are in the RADIO commercials 3 stars
1/25/99 Meepos. IF you have the ability to appreciate UK humor, this shouldn't disappoint. 4 stars
1/21/99 Kirgo1 GOD AWFUL! 1 stars
1/19/99 Heather I liked this movie, plenty of laughs and Brit humor 4 stars
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  22-Jan-1999 (R)


  22-Apr-1999 (M)

Directed by
  Brian Gibson

Written by
  Dick Clement
  Ian La Frenais

  Stephen Rea
  Billy Connolly
  Jimmy Nail
  Timothy Spall
  Bill Nighy

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