Parents' Guide to

24 Hour Party People

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Excellent movie about punk's origins; older teens only.

Movie R 2002 117 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

How Manchester changed music

This film is self-aware and has a great time with its influences and with those that it is featuring. Coogan is pitch perfect in his portrayal. Winterbottom is masterful and deft in how he handles the subject matter and is able to duck and dodge around the interpersonal relationships and center the music, which is what we all remember and which is what has endured from the Manchester scene (which growing up in LA in the 90s we all worshipped..okay I did anyway). You're not supposed to expect much from Manchester, from this scene, from everyone represented, but they end up changing everything and Winterbottom showcases that in a non sentimental way, keeping both the legend and the vibe intact.
age 15+

I want to see this movie so badly!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Funny, smart, and exciting, this film has some of the best dialogue you'll hear, and Coogan's narration will have you in stitches, blow your mind, and make you look forward to seeing his next film. The entire cast, an ensemble of eclectic British characters that Guy Ritchie would be proud of, turn in great performances, but after Coogan the most noteworthy is probably Sean Harris as Joy Division's Ian Curtis, capturing all the distinctive aspects of one of rock's most tragic figures.

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