(2016) (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramedy: A Dublin teenager puts together a band to impress a girl he's just met.
- It's 1985 and Conor Lalor (FERDIA WALSH-PEELO) is a teen growing up in Dublin with his sister, Ann (KELLY THORNTON), their older brother, Brendan (JACK REYNOR), and their parents, Robert (AIDAN GILLEN) and Penny (MARIA DOYLE KENNEDY). Due to a lack of money, Conor is pulled from his private school and enrolled at the Synge Street School. There, he runs afoul of the headmaster, Brother Baxter (DON WYCHERLEY), for not having the correct color shoes, as well as local bully Barry (IAN KENNY).
He is befriended by another boy, Darren (BEN CAROLAN), and then sets sights on 16-year-old aspiring model, Raphina (LUCY BOYNTON), who lives in a nearby home for girls. Needing an in with her, Conor lies that he's in a band and they need a model for the new music video. She agrees, and Conor and Darren then set out to build one, starting with the talented Eamon (MARK McKENNA), followed by Ngig (PERCY CHAMBURUKA) and a few others.
With musical advice from Brendan, Conor and his new band attempt to emulate the sounds of contemporary bands, all while Darren serves as their manager and music video director. But as Conor gets better -- and takes on the stage name of "Cosmo" as given to him by Raphina -- he sets out to write his own songs, hoping to impress his model and muse enough that she'll dump her boyfriend and become his girlfriend.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're into "putting a band together" related movies, they probably will.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For thematic elements including strong language and some bullying behavior, a suggestive image, drug material and teen smoking.
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