Twenty Four Hour Party People
Source: Catholic News Service
Frenetic musical comedy about Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan), a British TV journalist who founded a recording label in the late-1970s which ushered in a new era of pop culture music including punk and new wave. Set to a blaring soundtrack and defiantly in-your-face, director Michael Winterbottom's biographical cautionary tale follows the development of the local Manchester, England, music scene while blending historical footage with outspoken narration about the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll excesses of the times. Yet despite the acerbic comedy and attention-grabbing characters, the irreverent and often depraved lifestyles portrayed are discomfiting to watch. Several sexual encounters with frontal nudity, a suicide, sporadic drug use, brief violence and much rough language. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops classification is A-IV -- adults, with reservations. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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