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      2012 1h 25m Comedy List
      50% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 41% Audience Score 50+ Ratings An aging rock group uses a younger punk band to front its new recordings and fool the music industry. Read More Read Less

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      Adam Lowes CineVue Shot like an 80s BBC kids show, Sugarman's Vinyl really is barrel-scraping stuff. Rated: 1/5 Feb 12, 2019 Full Review Nathan Rabin The Dissolve [Vinyl] begins to lose momentum once the focus shifts away from the hoax and onto a series of listless subplots pulling the film away from satire and into the realm of bloated family drama. Rated: 2.5/5 Jun 30, 2014 Full Review Graham Young Birmingham Mail A curiosity piece which, on its own, will not be enough to spawn a punk revival. Rated: 3/5 Mar 19, 2013 Full Review Allan Hunter Daily Express (UK) Amiable, lightweight fun. Rated: 3/5 Mar 15, 2013 Full Review Stefan Pape HeyUGuys Vinyl is a harmless bit of good fun, and although it's easy to pick holes, it tells a good story and remains under 90 minutes long. Rated: 3/5 Mar 14, 2013 Full Review Paul Gallagher The List Peters' original prank made a valid point about the music industry's obsession with new artists, but Sugarman winds this story to a formulaic, feel good conclusion that feels more conforming than the punk spirit that inspired it. Rated: 2/5 Feb 19, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Absolutely loved it! Any original punker who watches it will laugh! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review tim s A good pop, rock, comedy , that is based on true life events. The music soundtrack throughout the film is performed by Mike Peters and The Alarm (the original artists the film is based upon), with a little interjection occassionally from cast members. I enjoyed the film and especially liked the message the film tells regarding agism in the music industry during the 1990's. This film is based on events that took place early 1990's This was a time when hip U.K. radio stations and music channels were banning music from artists over the age of 40 including The Beatles who's new material had just surfaced. A fun little movie Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Sara Sugarman's music industry film "Vinyl" is built on a terrific premise, and the fact this dramedy originates from a true story makes it all the more ripe for this big screen telling. Imagine: A long-in-the-tooth rock band is forced by the industry's relentless ageism to release music under the guise of being a much younger rock band. It happened in 2004, as Mike Peters of The Alarm put out music as The Poppy Seeds, along with a music video of lip-synching lads fronting the tune as if they were its proper creators. Sure enough, the tune got radio play. Gotcha! In "Vinyl," Phil Daniels is the surly, aging frontman, and Jamie Blackley is the younger, fresher face aping the real band's music on camera. It allows for some great moments of both comedy and drama, and in equal measure. True, there is at times a sheeny, Austin Powers artifice to the film, which doesn't always accessorize with the music's scrappy emergence from the cast-off lot. But at its heart is a great story brought to a truthful life on screen, and with terrific competence. "Vinyl" is an underrated, understated success. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member A good, fun movie lacks real substance, but nevertheless entertains. A few nice twists, not all of which are predictable. However, I got the feeling that the budget was running out toward the end of the movie, so the director skipped a bit of the story to make sure there was enough money for the finale. Good, if a little repetitive, could have done with more than one main song. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member A satire on the music industry, but the aging rock group full of infighting storyline is nothing new to the big screen, nor does this really add anything to the genre. The British cast is good, although probably unrecognisable if you're not actually British. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Harmless enough comedy where ageing rockers recruit kids to mime their single for success in the charts. Nice if predictable. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis An aging rock group uses a younger punk band to front its new recordings and fool the music industry.
      Sara Sugarman
      Sara Sugarman, John H. Williams, Milton Adamou, Steven J. Berger, Clay Reed
      Jim Cooper, Sara Sugarman
      Production Co
      Traction Media, H2O Motion Pictures, Preston Clay Reed Films, Mrs. Jones Presents, Vanguard Films
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 12, 2016
      1h 25m
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