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Simon B. Is Lightly Jostled By Richard Curtis's THE BOAT THAT ROCKED!!!

Beaks here...

Anyone ready for another articulate, inoffensive film from Richard Curtis? Though the title THE BOAT THAT ROCKED promises something a little more raucous than, say, LOVE ACTUALLY, it sounds like the Britain's King of Light Comedy has once again delivered a film that pretty much vanishes from memory once you leave the theater. I've nothing against Curtis's recent output, but I do miss the wit who gave us THE TALL MAN and four incredible seasons of BLACKADDER (w/ Rowan Atkinson and Ben Elton). That said, I'll certainly give THE BOAT THAT ROCKED a shot, and I'm sure I'll kinda-sorta enjoy it more than I should. Let's see what Simon B. thought...

Long time reader of the site, emailing all the way from Manchester in the UK. I just got back from a press screening of the new Richard Curtis film The Boat That Rocked starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman among others. Three of the films stars were in attendance, Nick Frost, Tom Sturridge and Chris O’ Dowd. The movie’s not released here for another couple of weeks and won’t hit American screens until August so I thought I would give you the heads up on what I made of it. It’s England, it’s the sixties. Sideburns are cool, clothes are too brightly coloured and rock and roll is considered a taboo. Richard Curtis’ second film is pretty much what you might expect from the guy who wrote Love Actually, Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral; a who’s who of British comedy talent with an American twist thrown in, although this time minus all the love-y stuff. But behind the impressive cast and cool soundtrack The Boat That Rocked fails to be much more than a brief lesson in rock music’s journey to mainstream radio. Set on a floating pirate radio station the movie’s main plot centers around a crew of disc jockeys who provide around the clock rock relief for an uptight Britain. So uptight in fact that it seems the government, lead by Kenneth Branagh, have nothing better to do but place all their efforts into pulling the plug on them. And its here where the problems start to arise as that’s basically the whole plot. Sure things happen in between: the return of a legendary DJ played by a Liam Gallagher-esque Rhys Ifans, a misinterpreted marriage, but the film takes its time to reach the conclusion that you’ve probably already predicted yourself half way through. Clocking in at about 130 minutes, the movie does go on for too long. Although it boasts a talented ensemble cast, unfortunately none of them are given adequate time to shine. It feels like you're always waiting for Rhys Darby or Bill Nighy to have their moment, but sadly it never quite arrives. That’s not to say there’s nothing here to like. The character of Thick Kevin played by Tom Brooke raised a few laughs, albeit being maybe a little too similar to the character Baldrick from the Curtis penned Blackadder (for all of you not familiar, probably one of the best British situation comedies) series. Pirates of the Caribbean star Jack Davenport brought the laughs, purely from his characters name: Mr Twatt. And Nick Frost does have his moments. Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the only American DJ on board brings some cool to the ship, but feels severely under used. The same can be said for most of the cast really many of them never really finding their purpose. But this could all be nit picking. With almost each scene scored with a cool song, it’ll take your mind off the negative aspects, temporarily. Really hope this can be used on the site. If so, could you call me Simon B.

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  • March 18, 2009, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Sounds kind of...........

    by liljuniorbrown

    I don't know ,just kind of odd.

  • March 18, 2009, 8:19 p.m. CST

    sounds like the old movie Captain Midnight

    by Groothewarrior

  • March 18, 2009, 8:20 p.m. CST


    by BurnHollywood

    There's only two entries on it! WTF?!

  • March 18, 2009, 8:21 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Zeddemore

    Love Actually IS a corking good film. People's issue with Curtis's film work is insane - what's wrong with presenting a romanticised view of the world?

  • March 18, 2009, 8:27 p.m. CST


    by darth_aig

    ...thought I'd be on a boat.

  • March 18, 2009, 8:29 p.m. CST


    by DOGSOUP

    We need the thread. Now please.

  • March 18, 2009, 8:38 p.m. CST


    by Get_Me_An_18-Man_Fire_Team_In_12_Hours


  • March 18, 2009, 8:40 p.m. CST

    where's the thread for Natasha

    by walrusholder

  • March 18, 2009, 9:01 p.m. CST

    i neeeeed

    by mattforce7


  • March 18, 2009, 9:15 p.m. CST

    I feel bad for Liam Neeson

    by dr sauch

    poor guy. i'm sure some fat maladjusted fatty will respond to this with something horribly insensitive.

  • March 18, 2009, 9:22 p.m. CST

    so what is this talkback about anyway?

    by dr sauch

  • March 18, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST


    by Light_Tweaker

    Rest in peace, sweet lady.

  • March 18, 2009, 9:32 p.m. CST

    is 2009 gonna be like 08?

    by bacci40

    shit...way too young to go<p>skiing accident??? crazy

  • March 18, 2009, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Harold. Natasha Richardson???

    by Sal_Bando

    You know-as in REDGRAVE family??? C'mon Harold you can do it. Pull yourself away from the festivities there and get it written.

  • March 19, 2009, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Pretty much what I thought from the trailer

    by OutlawsDelejos

    Looks like something I'll say "I'll see it on dvd". Then it'll come out on dvd, and I'll go "Oh yeah" and walk right by it.

  • March 19, 2009, 1:49 a.m. CST

    The Tall Man is fucking awesome...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    Always loved the shit outta that movie...

  • March 19, 2009, 2 a.m. CST

    Beaks I thought you had good taste.

    by Proman1984

    I am severly dissapointed by what you wrote. Not only is Love Actually daring (as opposed to inoffensive) and memorable it is also funny and memorable. It's a great friggin film.

  • March 19, 2009, 5:19 a.m. CST

    Makes a change....

    by sleepyhead

    from his usual middle class shite I suppose. Or is this middle class shite as well?

  • March 19, 2009, 6:24 a.m. CST

    It's still middle class shite

    by Lost Jarv

    Love, Actually was garbage

  • March 19, 2009, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Curtis bollocks.

    by papabendi

    Curtis's world is a big, cuddly, white, affluent, bland coffee table of a world. A really good film about a pirate rock and roll radio station, based on radio Carolina, is beyond him. He should stick to stuff where upper crust twerps pick up rich American women hanging around posh parts of London.

  • March 19, 2009, 8 a.m. CST

    2 things

    by Josh Acid

    Wasn't Rik Mayall's name in 'Guest House Paradiso' Richie Twat ("It's pronounced 'Thwait'!")? Second, it was The Tall GUY, not The Tall Man...The Tall Man was in Phantasm.

  • March 19, 2009, 8:09 a.m. CST

    It's called the Tall GUY, actually...

    by Elliot Cowan

    It's called the Tall GUY, actually, not the Tall Man.

  • March 19, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Not about the Minnesota Vikings Party Boat?

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Hugely disappointed.

  • March 19, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST

    January Jones

    by KevinMuller

    I fell for her when I started watching Mad Men. Not only a world class beauty, but one hell of an actress.

  • March 19, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    The Tall Guy

    by big_twinkie

    For fuck sake