I would never have found out about this movie if it had not been a preview on the DVD of "The Artist" that I watched recently and I'm glad I did.
It is quite a cinematic feat because the whole movie takes place at a real rock festival, T in the Park (in Scotland), with hordes of people, so how many retakes could they have really done?
The premise is a lot of fun: Two musicians, Adam and Morello, who are right away at each other's throats are handcuffed together by a security guard who walks off with the key and they are stuck together for the rest of the night.
As a friend Pat MacEnulty reminded me, the two leads in Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps are also handcuffed together by another person (a cop). The woman thinks the man is a scoundrel and they have to spend the night together on the run so it could be a slight tribute to that.
The 39 Steps
For hours everyone in both bands: the Make (the boy band) and the Dirty Pinks ("why don't you just call yourselves the Vaginas?") are looking for "bonecutters" to break the chain.
The two chained musicians both have other significant others. Adam is dating Lake, a model, and Morello is dating Mark the banker --though the way that "banker" is said in the movie, it sounds like "wanker."
One of my favorite moments occurs when Adam and Morello and Lake are sitting in a backstage tent and they are comparing how many Twitter followers they have--hilarious! Of course, Lake has the most.
There is also such a standout performance by Mathew Baynton, who plays Adam's bandmate, Tyko. I could have sworn the whole movie that his name was "Psycho." Wouldn't that have been a great name for a stage persona? He has some great one-liners and some wicked dance moves. I love how Adam and Tyko look at each other and scream their heads off before they perform.
At dawn, Tyco walks out onto the festival grounds full of rubbish from the previous night's festivities and stumbles upon a bra which he slowly picks up in the same manner as a floor-sweeper does in the first scene in the original 1932 version of "Scarface." Another tribute? Who knows? It's cool how I saw those two movies close together though and was able to pick that similarity out.
In a quieter moment, late in the night in a backstage tent, Adam and Marello play an improvised blues acoustic number (E-A-E-A-B---you can watch her shape the chords! as he strums!) based on Marello calling Adam a "womanizer" that is pure guitar heaven for me.
It all leads up to a really hot shower scene... And an onstage reunion helped out by fans, a scenario I've read in many young adult books. But if you like this sort of thing, it's loads of fun with standout performances, great music, and beautiful shots!