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Feature 3.0
Video 6.0
Audio 6.5
Special Features 6.0
Total 3.5
Distributor: Madman
Classification: G
Running Time: 93 Minutes
Reviewer:
Simon Black

3.5


Spectacular!

There are no words to describe how appallingly mediocre this film is.  By rights that means this page should be blank, but then I wouldn’t be able to vent my fury on the people responsible for this travesty of a production.  Everything about this film annoyed me.  I feel guilty even calling it a film, because I don’t want to give the impression that I actually consider it a worthwhile use of film stock.  I was annoyed by the jailhouse stare of the absurdly named lead Nolan Gerard Funk, irritated by the way the box cover repeatedly described him as a ‘bad boy’, irked by the synopsis writer’s use of the expression ‘bring it’.  In short, I was in a bad mood before I’d watched a single frame, and I don’t even really get in bad moods.  His name is Nolan Gerard Funk, for Christ’s sake. 

At any rate, the action opens with Nikko (Funk) working the crowd as frontman for his band Flux.  He is such a bad boy!  My word is he bad.  ‘They say stop but I say go’ he sings while clad in an overly tight shirt, flopping his carefully dishevelled hair about in dramatic fashion.  ‘Don’t tell me what I gotta do.’  See?  Ever so bad. 

This posturing twit is, in fact, so bad that the rest of the band can’t stand his badness, and kick him out in order to look for a singer who has equally nice hair but is slightly less bad.  When his woman breaks up with him as well, budding singer Courtney (Home & Away’s Tammin Sursok) is literally waiting in the wings to invite him into her own band, and I presume were the film not G rated, her bed.  She needs a bad boy with a nice set of pipes, you see, to snatch a national performance championship from her rival Tammi. 

Mining the same formula as more polished and successful efforts like Step Up and High School Musical, this can only really appeal to naive youngsters clutching their Bratz dolls or the recently lobotomised.  I’m sorry, but it really just isn’t very good.  Funk is irksome in his relentless efforts to be edgy and hip, and for my money simply doesn’t pull it off.  Sursok is a fine actress and the ensemble cast do a respectable job, but the songs (courtesy of the HSM music team, no less) are generic and the plot crawls along before arriving at its ‘surprise’ conclusion.  

I have nothing against films aimed at teens.  I thought 17 Again had many truly hilarious moments and can see the appeal of the recent crop of dance movies and musicals targeting younger audiences.  But this formulaic and uninspiring effort should not be viewed by anyone, ever. 

Special Features

Spectacular! Video Diary

3 Behind the Scenes Featurettes

2 Music Videos






 
 



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