(2019) (Himesh Patel, Lily James) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Romantic Comedy: Following a weird worldwide glitch, a struggling singer-songwriter discovers that the Beatles never existed and must then contend with the aftermath of passing off their songs as his.
- Jack Malik (HIMESH PATEL) is a 27-year-old man who lives in Suffolk, England, works in a warehouse store, and gave up his teaching gig in hopes of making it as a singer-songwriter. But beyond his long-time manager, roadie and only true supporter, Ellie Appleton (LILY JAMES), pretty much everyone knows he's probably not going to be successful, including his parents, Jed & Sheila (SANJEEV BHASKAR & MEERA SYAL). Even Jack realizes that and says it will take a miracle for him to keep trying.
He gets that one night when a worldwide, 12-second power glitch results in him being distracted by the sudden outage and biking right into the path of an oncoming bus. When he wakes up, he's missing two front teeth, but the world is missing any knowledge of The Beatles, as if they never existed. After confirming this, Jack decides to take the opportunity to pass their songs off as his, eventually resulting in a young producer, Gavin (ALEXANDER ARNOLD), recording some of those songs. By giving those out for free, Jack ends up on a local TV show and is seen by none other than famous musician Ed Sheeran (ED SHEERAN) who asks him to join him on a tour as his opening act.
With Ellie unable to come along due to her teaching job, Jack asks his quirky roadie friend Rocky (JOEL FRY) to fill in. Soon, Jack and his songs are a worldwide sensation, prompting Ed's straight-shooting but ruthless manager, Debra Hammer (KATE McKINNON), to bring him on board and start molding him to become the next big thing in music. But as all of that happens, Jack not only can't shake the nagging feeling of passing someone else's work off as his own, but also that he might have made a mistake letting Ellie slip through his fingers as a romantic interest.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Those who are fans of the Beatles, Ed Sheeran, or anyone in the cast might have some interest in seeing it.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For suggestive content and language.
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