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Eddie and the Cruisers

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Dated, rock-themed '80s tale has suicide, drugs, profanity.

Movie PG 1983 95 minutes
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While earnest enough, Eddie and the Cruisers is dated in every possible way. The clichés of New Jersey, early '60s nostalgia, and the myth of the iconic rock star who might have faked his death all contribute to the outdated feel. The stereotypes of Eddie and the Cruisers themselves -- the sensitive bad boy lead singer, the naive college-boy pianist who writes lyrics inspired by the poetry of Rimbaud, the attractive woman who plays the tambourine while shaking her hips (because God forbid a woman actually play an instrument), the African-American saxophone player (who doesn't get any lines), the bass player who sounds and acts like every low-level mafia guy who ever got whacked on The Sopranos, and the drummer who just giggles through the first hour of the movie -- make this movie even cheesier.

It isn't a bad movie on its own terms, but it's impossible to get past how all these themes, characters, time periods, and places have appeared so often in other, better films. It's also worth mentioning that the music Eddie and the Cruisers make in 1963 that's supposed to be so ahead of its time and groundbreaking just sounds like warmed-over corporate rock from the early 1980s, like an Eddie Money B-side. This is part of what makes this movie, despite the clear sincerity behind it, unintentionally hilarious now.

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