CBGB Wednesday, 08 April 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    R (USA): Language throughout, some sexual content, drug use and a scene of violence.

  • The pitch:


  • Starring:

    Alan Rickman, Ashley Greene, Malin Akerman, Mickey Sumner, Johnny Galecki, Richard de Klerk, Rupert Grant, Bradley Whitford, Josh Zuckerman, Donal Logue, Peter Vack, Estelle Harris, Danielle Shaw, Holly Hubbell, B Todd Johnston, Freddy Rodríguez, Tom Nowicki, Max Reinhardsen, Caleb McCotter, Ryan Hurst, Stana Katic, Kyle Gallner, Luke Dressler, Evan Alex Cole, Jared Carter, Dominic Bogart, Taylor Hawkins, Joel David Moore, Steven Schub, Julian Acosta, Parker Gant

  • Directed by:

    Randall Miller

  • Running time:

    102 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), NR (UK), R (USA)


    People are stabbed repeatedly, beaten, hit with objects, electrocuted, accidentally hurt, near-strangled. Vehicle collision, drink-driving. A child falls out of a cot. Objects thrown, objects smashed, broken glass. Animals are squished. Screaming, arguing, yelling, aggressive behaviour, flooding. Man stabbed, murder, suicide, self-harm mentioned. Hitler, Auschwitz, Nazis mentioned. Swastikas seen. Blood/gore: Corpse. Blood on clothing, pooling blood, blood splatter. Injection (syringe seen).


    Oral sex, kissing, groping. Ogling, propositioning, flirting. Sexual-themed discussion and gesturing. Topless woman, shirtless men, naked man-bums, man in underwear. Skimpy clothing. Topless waitressing mentioned.


    People snort cocaine, inject drugs (needle seen). Junkie, sniffing glue mentioned. Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, shots), bar/club settings. Smoking.


    F-words, s-words, a-words. Slang for genitals. Religious exclamations and references. Biker, regional, musician, junkie, manager, gender stereotypes.


    Music, punk, Hilly Kristal, Hilly's On The Bowery, Television, Talking Heads, The Ramones, Blondie, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Punk magazine, homelessness, magazines, finances, bankruptcy, journalism, farming, business philosophy, rent collection, on-stage antics, record producing, father-daughter relationships.


    Job loss. Divorce, bankruptcy mentioned. Courtroom setting. Chickens, cows, dog, pigeons, budgerigars, cockroaches, rats. Vomiting, urination, frequent dog poo, scratching flea bites. Coughing/ashing in food. Mid-credits scene and period photographs.


    The music. Mickey Sumner (as Patti Smith) and Taylor Hawkins (Iggy Pop) give good lookalike performances. Touching mid-credits scene.


    Banal, antithetical, inauthentic, artificial, discordant, repetitive, crass, jokey, messy, perfunctory, bland, turgid, campy, miscast, unenlightening, overworked. Weird casting, lax narrative, badly made, caricatured characters, low energy, distracting comic-style animation, terrible accents, lookalikes lip-synch to album tracks (poor sound design), thin dialogue, factual inaccuracies, reveals little about Kristal as a person, product placement.

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