Just graduated from high school, the group of rockers are heading off to lands unseen for an audition as the resident band for the summer at a club. Jennie (Justine Bateman) is the lead singer and organiser of the trip, she’s also on a time limit; she has this one summer to fulfil her dreams of rocking, and then it’s off on her scholarship to college. Or is it? Mooch (Trini Alvardo) is the drummer trying not to develop feeling for the people and things around her. Nickie (Scott Coffey) is on the keyboard, quiet. Billy (Britta Phillips) is guitar and has an addiction to pills and feeling out of this world. Daryle (Julia Roberts) is on bass and is very horny, though she wants to meet a man who isn’t like the ones from home.
Their boss is Martin Falcon (Liam Neeson) the washed up song writer from the 60’s with the club they’re playing at.
I really liked this. Even though there doesn’t seem to be anything amazingly spectacular with the story, it is still very nice to watch and fall in love with each of the characters. There’s just something about the idea of going off and playing music in a dive at night, and chillin’ at the beach during the day. My inner rocker is begging to be let loose.
The songs are great classics (classic to me), and some took me by surprise. They’re like the songs on the B side of a record, the ones that you don’t hear very often, you know them, but you don’t really. They’re performed with the bands unique rocker style, making it difficult to belt out the words the way you’re used to.
The acting is good. I was surprised to find Scott Coffey, the guy from Some Kind of Wonderful, in this and he was very charming as the quiet nice guy. Julia Roberts is amazing as the flirt. And then there is Liam Neeson… what the hell is he doing looking so young and not acting as a father figure? I find this role on him to be very unusual and it makes me uncomfortable. I don’t want to admit it, but he looks better in the face when he’s older… but I’m disappointed he never took his shirt off at all in this film. From the way his shirts draped over his broad shoulders and silhouetted his tight waist, I think we can all tell that he would’ve been hot underneath. Oh baby.
This is a must watch crossroads film for everybody not sure what passion they want to pursue. And a great film for the music. Watch it for either reason and get some amazing satisfaction from it.