Jersey Boys Saturday, 04 April 2020

Jersey Boys

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Frequent coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Too good to be true.

  • Starring:

    John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Johnny Cannizzaro, Christopher Walken, Renée Marino, Mike Doyle, Joseph Russo, Michael Patrick McGill, Lacey Hannan, Steve Schirripa, Freya Tingley

  • Directed by:

    Clint Eastwood

  • Running time:

    134 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People get shot, slapped, wrestled, hit with objects. Break-and-enter, stealing, stolen goods. Objects thrown and smashed. A car smashes into a shop window. Bullet in head, being killed, cutting throat, illegal gaming, forged documents, fraud mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse. Bloody bullet wound, bloody thumb, blood on object. Bandage, cut, bruising.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couples have implied bedroom sex. Infidelity. Flirting, kissing, ogling. Sexual innuendo. Sexual-themed banter. Making love, getting laid mentioned. Skimpy clothing, lingerie, cleavage, man in singlet, shirtless man. Nude male statue.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Drug overdose (implied). Alcohol (wine, beer, champagne, spirits, cocktails), alcoholism. Smoking (cigarettes, cigars). Gambling, the track, gambling losses, massive debts mentioned. Drugs, drug overdose, smack, being overdose mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, son-of-a-b*tch. Name-calling. Slang for genitals and bodily functions. Homosexual, gender, marriage stereotypes. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene hand gesture.

  • THEMES:

    The Four Seasons, Jersey Boys, 1950s New Jersey, music, fame, debt, parenting, grief, regret, talent, rehearsing, song-recording, acoustics, touring, hygiene, infidelity, scams, songwriting, family, addiction, live performance, divorce, relationships, leadership, betrayal, loan sharks, scandal, jealousy.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased daughter, divorce, relationship breakups. Court, wedding, funeral, jail settings. Toilet, urination, burp. Fur coats. Seagulls, cow, cockroach, fishing. Mid-credits vision.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Hit-filled, fun, glorious, moving, likeable, nostalgic, good, sensitive, interesting, appealing, entertaining. First-rate performances, perfectly cast, expertly staged, feels life-like, excellent period construction, seamless hair and makeup, catchy songs, colourful characters, muted colour palette, terrific cameo from Eastwood.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Familiar, straightforward, diluted, clichéd, square, forgettable, cheesy, direct, bland, lacklustre, dull. Loses momentum, odd structure, lacks charm, concert scenes don't pop.

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