(director/writer: Michael Cuesta; screenwriter: Gerald Cuesta;
cinematographer: Andrew Lilien; editor: Kane
Platt; music: Chris Seefried; cast: Ron
Eldard (Jimmy Testagross),
|"What makes this uneven film
rock, is hearing music from groups like the
legendary local rockers the Good Rats."
by Dennis Schwartz
indie drama of writer-director Michael Cuesta ("Kill
The Messenger"/"Tell Tale"/"L.I.E.") wallows in pathos
for its flawed, whiny and lying protagonist. The
downbeat slice-of-life drama was co-written by Gerald,
the director's brother.
Eldard is Jimmy, who after 20 years as the fictional
roadie for the rock band Blue Oyster Cult is
surprisingly fired. Now middle-aged and with a
paunch, he remorsefully returns to his family home
in Forest Hills, Queens. His visit surprises
his lonely widowed mom (Lois Smith),
whom he has neglected over the years. On the
visit, Jimmy reunites with Randy (Bobby
The pic covers over-familiar territory and lays out a tale that refuses to judge its vulnerable protagonist, who seems desperate for our sympathy. His story never held my attention, even if it was well-acted. What makes this uneven film rock, is hearing music from groups like the legendary local rockers the Good Rats and its eclectic 70s hard rock soundtrack.
REVIEWED ON 10/1/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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