Starring: Jade Gordon, Michael Des
Barres, John Taylor, Martin
Kemp, Larry Klein, John Doe,
Ally Sheedy, & Rosanna
Genre: Comedic drama
Runtime: 93 minutes
Distributor: October Films
Director: Allison Anders & Kurt Voss
Producer: Daniel Hassid
Writer: Allison Anders & Kurt Voss
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Twenty-something, pretty Gwen (Jade Gordon) makes a list of how she will make her way to the top, including dating a record producer. She is revealed to be the most despicable character. Gwen moves in with production designer Liz (Ally Sheedy), a woman desperate for a romantic relationship. Gwen steals jewels from Liz and eventually steals her man, producer Burt (Larry Klein).
Burt is trying to resurrect a band of has-been 80s rock stars (played by 80s has-been rock stars) including Clive (Duran Duran's John Taylor), lothario Nick (musician/author Michael Des Barres) and Jonesy (Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp). The other band member is Carl (X's John Doe) who is raising a pile of children and pigs, while sorting out his drug addict brother's life and keeping a would-be adulterer at arm's length. Carl is the cleanest and most moral of the group.
In achieving their dreams, Nick is asked to sleep with a voracious financial backer Jane (Beverly D'Angelo), Clive and his actress wife Eva (Rosanna Arquette) have Clive's rebellious love-child foisted upon their lives, and Gwen steals, lies, cheats, and even leaves her overdosed songwriter for dead while romancing Burt. With no real conclusion, one can only assume that these tired souls will keep on keeping on in nefarious attempts to regain money, fame or power they once had.
Anyone who has spent any time in rock-and-roll knows that many of its characters are shady, dirty, drugged-up, seeking alternative religions, or worse. This movie does not avoid these tricks of the trade. More negativity is depicted than positive choices, but the story includes a rejection of adultery and a decision to become responsible for one's own child.
Few lessons are learned, but many who may see this may be glad that they never pursued the cut-throat world of rock-and-roll. The 80s rock stars performed admirably, but of course, they didn't have to stretch too far for their roles. Supposedly written in eight days, this movie is merely a small blip with very limited appeal.