I spent a good few hours after watching this movie trying to figure out if I liked it — this is usually a sign that I do. Like most of the detractors, I spent a lot of time thinking, “Who cares?” This seems at first a petty film of no consequence. But it’s the *characters* that are of no consequence. Not the film. This is one of the better films about assholes I’ve seen. Because I couldn’t turn it off.. . .it actually reaches “Grey Gardens”-like levels of train wreck, especially when watching these idiots argue over song lyrics. (I like to rock out to Metallica as much as the next man. . .I even own some of their albums. . .but I’ll be damned if I ever actually spent any energy listening to the lyrics.) And I love Bob Rock, the mellow, near-Lebowski-ish producer who’ll do what it takes, even say shit like “thank you for sharing” at a group therapy session, to get the record made and get paid. He’s the only likable one in the bunch. This movie is a riot and how the band ever let it get released is baffling — to put it in hard rock terms, these guys are pussies.
Deconstructing Harry (1997), Woody Allen, A+
November 23, 2006
Films Seen 7/10 – 8/2
August 3, 2012
She’s Gotta Have It (1986), Spike Lee, B
June 2, 2004
Born Rich (2003), Jamie Johnson, B-
February 1, 2005
Jordan Hoffman is a New York-based writer and film critic working for The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Thrillist, Times of Israel, NY Daily News and elsewhere.
He is the host of ENGAGE: The Official Star Trek Podcast, a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and challenges you to a game of backgammon.