Still Crazy

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I suppose if you want to watch a bunch of old guys totter down the irinevitable road to mental and physical disintegration, this is a film you can really sink your dentures into.

It's the story of an aging rock and roll band called Strange Fruit, which decides to have a reunion 22 years after their highly publicized breakup. The keyboard player, Tony (Stephen Rea), currently sells condoms and decides to get the band back together. He hooks up with Karen (Juliet Aubrey), the band's former PA, and they work to track down the others: Les (Jimmy Nail), the bassist, is a roofer. Beano (Timothy Spall), the drummer, is a recluse. Ray (Bill Nighy), the lead singer, is trying to sell off his mansion, and his second Swedish wife, Astrid (Helena Bergstrom), is none too pleased when Tony and Karen show up at her door.

My understanding is that the film was partly inspired by The Animals' failed reunion. Undoubtedly, it was also inspired by bands like The Rolling Stones and The Who, who've had successful tours even though most of their band members now wear adult diapers. Rock and roll, like pornography, is a young person's enterprise. Watching old people do it is gross.

There was something awkward about hearing everyone refer to the band as The Fruit. The Fruit's roadie, Hughie (Billy Connolly), signs on convinced that old tensions will resurface. Sure enough, they do, primarily between Les and Ray. That neither of these guys can put their differences behind them with so much money on the line is annoying as all hell. You'd think Tony or one of the other members would just slap their heads right out of their asses. Since they don't, the whole movie is like listening to your grandparents argue about the proper consistency of oatmeal.

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