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By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Half-baked take on roadie life caters to more mature fans.

TV Showtime Drama 2016
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If nothing else, Cameron Crowe's surprisingly shallow take on road life has one killer soundtrack, as we knew it would. But it also has some problems, among them two leads who lack palpable chemistry. This wouldn't necessarily matter -- platonic relationships can (and should) be equally compelling -- except for the fact that the script so desperately wants us to see them as an item, a plot development that, while it would give the series some much-needed direction, doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense.

With Crowe at the creative helm, you might assume that Roadies would handle the lives of rock's unsung heroes with the same reverence that Almost Famous used for music journalists and the bands they followed. But instead of affecting and memorable television, you get an odd mash-up of workplace drama and romantic comedy, a bit like The Office with a much cooler wardrobe and a fraction of the laughs.

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