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This review is from: The Commitments  [DVD] (DVD)
I used to watch this regularly when I was 12 and so bought it, curious as to what my 12 year old step-daughter would make of it. I thought it had a new relevance in the age of the X-factor.
With the constant swearing most parents would surmise that it is not at all suitable for 12 year olds. It's still healthier than TV talent shows and carries a better message - the majority of the band improve their lives through music, it's not about stardom, rather working for something they love. Some are lifted out of poverty not by money but by aspiration.
That sounds serious, I was justifying showing it to a child. It's very funny, it's hard to see anyone hating the music unless they have a strong aversion to Soul.
Many of the musical references, particularly at the 'Who are your influences?' auditions, belong firmly in 1989, the acting isn't as good as I remembered and depending upon where you're from, you may struggle with the accents - very fast, very broad Dublin, so my young friend failed to hear such lines as;
BILLY: And you... George Michael... you ever call me a ****in' eejit again, you'll go home with the drumsticks stuck up your hole... the one you don't sing out of.
DECO: That'll be the day.
BILLY: I'm tellin' ya it's coming, so keep your Vaseline handy..