Still Crazy

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -2 1/2

In STILL CRAZY, a 1970s rock band called Strange Fruit tries to make a comeback twenty years after their breakup. The now aging band members stumble through a reunion European concert tour in an attempt to recapture the popularity of their youth. They are plagued with various personal and musical problems and are forced to remake themselves, realizing that they cannot have what they once had. The lead vocalist (Bill Nighy) is a recovering alcoholic and drug user. The lead guitarist, Brian (Bruce Robinson), who was the most popular group member in the 70s, experienced a mental breakdown after the bands breakup and is presumed dead. When they discover that Brian is still alive they persuade him to rejoin the group, and this sparks some of the musical magic of their youth. This somewhat humorous depiction of a rock band trying to make a comeback has striking similarities to other modern day bands who have had reunion tours recently. Even so, the film will most likely have a limited audience appeal and a mediocre box office return.

It is no surprise that a movie about a comeback 70s rock band is going to have some very questionable material. Basically, every member of the band introduces some form of dysfunctional or degenerate behavior. Besides the substance abuse and nervous disorders of the groups lead performers, the drummer and keyboard player are stuck in adolescence and sexually fixated. And not to surpising, the bass player is a former condom salesman. One scene of sexual intercourse, but no nudity, and several sexual references and innuendos are included. The language is far from acceptable with 23 mild and moderate crudities, 28 f-words, 12 s-words, and 6 regular profanities. Several funny and touching moments give the story some life but once again it relies heavily on crude humor for laughs. The films saving grace is that it shows each band member trying to work through his particular problem and growing into a better, more mature person. However, the incessant foul language and sexual content make STILL CRAZY morally degrading.

Preview Reviewer: Cliff McNeely
Sony Pictures Entertainment

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (23) times Mild, 4 Moderate, 19

Obscene Language: Many (54) times (f-word 28, s-word 12, Other 14)

Profanity: Several (7) times Regular 6 (G 1, GD 1, JC 2, C-2), Exclamatory 1 (Oh G)

Violence: Mild man almost drowns, mild skirmishes and hard-to-control fans

Sex: Once (under covers, no nudity); Implied Once (unconventional sex implied once)

Nudity: : Near Nudity (women in revealing clothing, man nude from the waste up in sexually suggestive scene)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (man sells condoms, man gropes womans behind, playing with plastic molds of male genitals, reference to pornography and male foreskin)

Drugs: Alcohol abuse, ref. to 'acid,' marijuana use

Other: Glib and irreverent comments about God, British slang equivalent to f and s words in British culture

Running Time: 110 minutes
Intended Audience: Mature Adults

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