John & Becky’s Movie Review of Pirate Radio

theboxBecky and I went to see the new flick Pirate Radio last week at the AMC theater in Highlands Ranch, CO. The MSN Movie website at Pirate Radio describes the movie as follows:

“In mid- to late-’60s Britain, an unusual yet colorful subculture sprang up and thrived as a product of the upswing in British pop music, only to meet its doom within a few short years. Though the BBC functioned as the country’s main source of news and music, its programmers offered very little airtime to rock & roll — which left an overwhelming need unfulfilled. In response, small bands of “pirate”…”

The Review
Pirate Radio is a very different story about the 1960’s than we’ve seen before. So many of the movies that take place in the 60’s are extremely political, not very fun and this was different. There’s a very political issue taking place in the film, as the British government doesn’t like rock and roll music while millions of their citizens have embraced it and the characters in this film are going against the government.

However, it’s really about this group of weirdo’s who live on a ship off the coast of the U.K. and broadcast rock music legally since they are in International waters. The government is trying to figure out how to make it illegal for them to broadcast and the crew on Pirate Radio really doesn’t care, which is what makes it so funny. They just like to listen to their movie and goof off. It’s very clever and done extremely well. You will you get sucked into the lives of these zany characters and understand why they are such a group of misfits, who become more like a family.

Becky and I both found it very funny and I’m not even a Phillip Seymour Hoffman fan, but he does a really good job in Pirate Radio, along with the rest of the cast. However, be forewarned that this film is not for everyone. A few people got up and left because the language is rough, there is plenty of sex, drugs and rock and roll.

It’s an adult movie for sure. It wouldn’t be any good though if there wasn’t sex, drugs and rock and roll because the film takes place in the 60’s and that’s what that rebellious generation was known for. I have plenty of friends who grew up in that time period and some of them are still like the people in this movie, which is one of the reasons it’s so funny.

The movie has good acting, with strange and funny situations and the characters are a riot. I can’t rate it as a Don’t Miss It since there will be some people who will be offended by this film. Many of my Christian friends will be surprised that we liked this movie, but for others it will be Worth The Trip. A friend of mine sent me a text yesterday and wrote, “I saw Pirate Radio and loved it!”. I concur and thought it was a great movie.

John – *** Worth The Trip
Becky- *** Worth The Trip
John Boyd

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