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4.0 out of 5 stars Free Rock n' Roll, 14 Sep 2013
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Phil Daniels plays Johnny Jones ex lead singer with erstwhile rockers `Weapons of Happiness', who have been split for a while and have all had mixed fortunes since the band's demise. They are accidentally re united when they all attend a friend's funeral. Then they all go back to the rather impressive pad of Robbie (Perry Benson) who has made a pile in the care home business. There they all get drunk and record themselves mucking around. In the morning Robbie has mixed it and they all agree that `Free rock n' roll' is the best thing they have ever done. However the record company say they are the wrong `demographic' for the public, that is polite speak for `too old' and won't touch it. The exec says that seeing old rockers play is `like watching your parents having sex'.

Unperturbed and having nothing better to do Johnny decides he will get his own back by getting a young band together that look the part and say the record is theirs. Then once it is a hit he can announce the dastardly wheeze and embarrass the ageist record industry for the charlatans that they are. So begins a journey that will take all concerned on an amusing though not hilarious trip through pop.

This was based on Mike Peters hoax with `The Poppyfields' who he got to front '45 RM' which was actually by his band `The Alarm' and follows the same format. He is also in the film along with a few other faces you may recognise including Steve Diggle of `Buzzcocks' fame. Good performances all round including the ever reliable Keith Allen and a special mention for charismatic youngster `Drainpipe' played convincingly and with a dash of élan by Jamie Blakely. This is an all round feel good British (well Welsh actually) film that should put a smile on your face, the only problem is the main song `Free rock n' roll' may stay with you for a while whether you want it to or not; but I really enjoyed the whole thing - recommended.
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