Somehow this movie has completely slipped past my radar, which is rather bizarre. The Perfect Age Of Rock ‘N’ Roll has an interesting and promising cast, a killer soundtrack, and an solid, if not terribly unique premise (this is taken from a PR flak’s email, so forgive the tone):
World famous rock star Spyder (Kevin Zegers) has achieved fame and fortune with a smash hit debut album. This blinding success however, is built on the Faustian pact that capitalized on the genius of his long lost childhood best friend and band mate, Eric Genson (Jason Ritter). Now Spyder retreats to his small hometown after his sophomore effort flops. Reconnecting with Eric after a seven year estrangement, the two recall their youthful ambitions and reexamine the choices they’ve made. Accompanied by the band’s ambitious, fiery manager (Taryn Manning), the legendary music impresario August West (Peter Fonda) and a raucous crew of musicians, they set off on a cathartic journey along historic Route 66 that brings them closer to each other, their history and their destiny.
Here’s the trailer:
Now, in truth, the trailer isn’t great. But the film has a few things going for it: Jason Ritter, who recently blew us away when we saw A Bag Of Hammers at SXSW and Peter Fonda who is, you know, Peter fucking Fonda. Taryn Manning doesn’t seem to work much, but she’s got some good work under her belt. And while the star, Kevin Zegers is known for being in the Air Bud movies, he was also in Transamerica. Throw in Lauren Holly, Lukas Haas, and Kelly Lynch, and you’ve got a fairly intriguing cast.
I’m calling this one a crapshoot, a coin toss. 50% chance it’ll be a quiet stunner, 50% chance it’ll blow and be completely forgettable. Either way, I’m down with the soundtrack — apparently it features Nirvana, Bob Dylan, Iggy & The Stooges, Alice in Chains, Muddy Waters, The Violent Femmes, Howlin’ Wolf, and Jane’s Addiction. That’s quite an eclectic collection.
The Perfect Age Of Rock ‘N’ Roll comes out on August 5th.