What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the main issue in Starstruck -- a pop-musical from the early 1980s featuring energetic song-and-dance numbers -- is drinking and smoking. The main character's family runs a pub, so lots of scenes are set around people drinking and smoking and a 14-year-old boy regularly lights up. Expect a bit of swearing (including "s--t") and some brief nudity while a couple is relaxing in bed together.
What's the story?
Jackie (Jo Kennedy) has big hair, a big voice and big dreams -- of becoming a pop sensation. All she needs is a big break in STARSTRUCK, an Australian release from the early 1980s that features several spontaneous musical numbers that look like early MTV-style music videos. When a local TV producer catches her act, it looks like Jackie might be on the verge of the big time. But what will she have to give up to achieve success? And will she and her cousin/manager Angus be able to save the family business from the bank?
Is it any good?
STARSTRUCK is a time capsule into 1982, with its hairspray, thin ties, bright tights, and vibrantly colored dance numbers. It's also got some catchy songs, as well as a few that haven't aged very well and seem like, well, old, so-so synth-pop numbers. The plot is pure hokum — hey kids, let's put on a show to raise money to save the family business! — but it's mostly set up as a framework for the musical sequences.
Kennedy is appealing as a spunky would-be singer, but the songs aren't as fun as they might have seemed three decades ago. Same goes for the film, which is most entertaining as a look at the past.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the message of the film. What kind of person is Jackie? How does she stay true to herself despite pressures? What are her character traits -- both positive and negative?
How well do you think this film has aged? Do the music and styles from the early 1980s seem stylish today, or dated?