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CBGB looks at New York’s dynamic punk rock scene through the lens of the ground-breaking Lower East Side club started by eccentric Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman) in 1973 which launched thousands of bands.

Synopsis

CBGB looks at New York’s dynamic punk rock scene through the lens of the ground-breaking Lower East Side club started by eccentric Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman) in 1973 which launched thousands of bands.

Rating:
R
Genre:
Comedy
Run time:
101 minutes
Director:
Randall Miller
Writer:
Randall Miller, Jody Savin
Producer:
Randall Miller, Jody Savin, Brad Rosenberger
Cast:
Alan Rickman, Malin Akerman, Justin Bartha, Richard Dekler, Johnny Galecki, Kyle Gallner, Ashley Green, Rupert Grint, Estelle Harris, Taylor Hawkins, Ryan Hurst, Stana Katic, Donal Logue, Joel David Moore, Ahna O'Reilly, Freddy Rodriguez, Mickey Sumner, Bradley Whitford, Josh Zuckerman
Reviews

The new flick captures the raw confidence and slapstick nihilism of recklessly untrained musicians—the Dead Boys, Television, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Wayne County and the Electric Chairs. It’s a funny wonderstruck rendition of a movement that elicits some great slumming and almost unrecognizable performances from Rupert Grint and Justin Bartha as Cheetah Chrome and Stiv Bators of the Dead Boys and funny turn from Evan Alex Cole who captures the hypnotic Tourettes-like sexiness of Richard Hell in performance.

CBGB is a great film, a historical filmic exclamation point of the dankness that generation embraced, representative of the unkempt and raunchy appeal of the music of the time.  It’s a chronicle and as such it delivers a focused view into the success of an underdog.

A lightweight love song to a legendary rock club…

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