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However, THE WRECKING CREW steers clear of the darkness, regret and substance abuse pervading the Oscar-winning documentary 20 FEET FROM STARDOM about overlooked backup singers. Thus, it’s more of a joyous portrait of great music and a loving tribute from a grown son to his late father. The story is told with class and with no inappropriate footage other than a quick scene of women dancing in bikinis in movies or short skirts on TV. There is brief foul language, so caution is advised.
(BB, Cap, D, S, M) Strong moral, capitalist worldview in musical documentary about a group of backup rock and roll musicians during the 1960s and 1970s, that ends up being partially a son’s tribute to his late father; four to six obscenities and light profanities; no violence; no sex scenes but some light references to broken marriages from working too hard or not being able to resist temptation, plus lightly suggestive images of modern dancing; no alcohol; photos of people smoking; and, some discussion of broken marriages.
THE WRECKING CREW is a highly entertaining music documentary about the most legendary band of studio musicians at the height of rock music’s most creative period. THE WRECKING CREW has a strong moral worldview and is a loving tribute from a son to his father, one of the leaders of the Crew who never got nearly enough credit for his accomplishments before his untimely death.
The movie is narrated and directed by Denny Tedesco, the son of legendary studio musician Tommy Tedesco. Tommy paired off with dozens of the best instrumentalists in rock and pop music from the 1960s into the early 1970s to form a band called The Wrecking Crew, which provided the rich and rocking musical backdrops of countless pop classics at the time. The Crew worked on many styles, from Elvis and the Beach Boys to Frank Sinatra and the Monkees to Glen Campbell, Nat King Cole, The Byrds, Nancy Sinatra, and Simon & Garfunkel.
The one downside was that the band members often received no credit at all on the album notes, leaving the stars all the glory as they were asked to fade into the background and just cash their checks for playing. The other main downside was that the amount of time spent working often hurt their marriages, although these performers appear to have stayed off drugs and avoided alcohol addiction.
While this movie takes viewers through the history of recording with stars like Sonny and Cher, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, Sinatra, the Righteous Brothers, and many more, it steers clear of the darkness and regret that made the similar Oscar-winning documentary 20 FEET FROM STARDOM about overlooked backup singers from the 1960s and 1970s, and their often tragic lives. Thus, it’s more of a joyous portrait of great music and its creation, and a loving tribute from a grown son to his late father.
As such, THE WRECKING CREW is a fun way of learning about the most classic of rock/pop eras and the players who made the songs happen behind the scenes. It’s told with class and with no inappropriate footage other than a quick scene of women dancing in bikinis in movies or short skirts on TV, along with a positive portrait of a very loving father-son relationship. There is brief foul language, so caution is advised.
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