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By Corrina Antrobus, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fun-filled nostalgic British comedy has language, drug use.

Movie NR 2022 80 minutes
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Parents who grew up in the '90s U.K. London garage scene will find delight in this new-age musical period piece. The attention to detail in Pirates is meticulous featuring the most infectious records, colossal fashions, and cultural references such as playing "Snake" on a cellphone or purchasing nightclub tickets from a record shop. Cameos from legendary DJs and MCs -- such as DJ Spoony, Carl Cox, and So Solid's Mega Man -- pop up throughout as another source of satisfying nostalgia.

Writer and director Reggie Yates -- better known to U.K. audiences as a radio and TV presenter -- packs plenty of physical comedy into the short 80-minute runtime. But it's the chirpy throwback to '90s London culture, scored by U.K. garage and draped in "off-key" Moschino fashion, that really makes it shine. These specifics may limit the appeal, but the ridiculous comedy (the script is hilarious), and budding friendship (the boys have genuine chemistry), make Pirates an enjoyable, breezy watch.

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