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Roadie (2011)

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After 20 years on the road with Blue Oyster Cult, Jimmy Testagros returns to his hometown to life with his ailing mother. Complications arise when he falls for an old friend, who is now married to his longtime nemesis.

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Michael Cuesta
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Eldard ... Jimmy
Jill Hennessy ... Nikki
Bobby Cannavale ... Randy Stevens
Lois Smith ... Mom
David Margulies ... Don Muller
Catherine Wolf ... Marilyn Muller
Suzette Gunn ... Lizette (as Suzette 'Azariah' Gunn)
Gary Cruz Gary Cruz ... Hispanic Store Owner
Anthony Mangano ... Male Cop
Lourdes Martin Lourdes Martin ... Female Cop
Jarlath Conroy Jarlath Conroy ... Wes, Motel Clerk
Lynne Lipton ... Waitress
Arian Moayed ... Irfan
Diana Ravelo Diana Ravelo ... Yopi
Darrell Vanterpool Darrell Vanterpool ... Teen
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Storyline

For over 20 years, Jimmy Testagross has lived his childhood dream: being a roadie for his childhood heroes, Blue Oyster Cult. But the band's Arena-Rock glory days are a distant memory. County fairs and club gigs pay the bills. And Jimmy has become a casualty of these leaner times. With no place to go, no job prospects, and no real skills outside of being a roadie, Jimmy needs to regroup. So he returns to his childhood home in Queens, Ny. There, he revisits old relationships: his ailing, widower mom, a high school crush, a former nemesis and, most importantly, his relationship with himself. Jimmy, the middle-aged man-child, has never grown up. He still carries the resentments and frustrations of his youth, and has allowed them to fester and define who and what he is. Confronted with his mother's illness, Jimmy has a choice: let go of the past and take responsibility for both himself and the woman who raised and now needs him. Or continue to live a life of lies and frustration. Written by Gerald Cuesta

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It was fun while it lasted See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language and some drug content

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Гастролер See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,661, 8 January 2012

Gross USA:

$7,825

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,825
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The song used while Jimmy is setting up the instruments for the band is "Then Came the Last Days of May" by Blue Oyster Cult. See more »

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When Jimmy passes out in the car his hair is greasy and grungy. When he is awoken he gets out of the car and his hair is clean and looks like it was just blow dried. See more »

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It's OK. Just wish it was a bit more compelling or at least more interesting.
9 January 2012 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

It's not like this is a bad movie in any way but it's still one that will probably make you go 'so what!'. It's a redundant, little movie to watch really, that won't leave an awfully big impression on you afterward, though while watching it you also won't ever got bored or annoyed by any of it.

You feel that the movie should had either gone for a completely dramatic and heavy approach or a fully comedic one. Now instead the movie feels somewhere stuck in the middle. It's a bit of both really, which makes neither work out as great or powerful as it could have. The movie never hits hard with any of its drama and it the characters and situations aren't quite quirky or entertaining enough to make you laugh. You could say that the movie plays things very safe and chooses the middle road.

But having said all this, it's still a good enough, little movie, that's just lacking a certain edge. It's certainly good looking and well directed though. Movies like this are of course not every expensive to make but you could tell lots of time and care got put into this movie, along with a bit of love. You could tell the film-makers and actors all believed in the project and gave it all they got.

Yes, I think it's foremost its acting that still makes this a maintaining movie to watch. The movie doesn't has the biggest stars but all are capable actors, who suit their roles well. It gives the movie its heart and still make this a pleasant watch.

As far as these sort of realistic, little drama's go, that are being like a random slice of life, this is one of the more bland ones but it's definitely not an horrible movie. It's quite watchable really but it just doesn't leave a big, lasting impression on you.

6/10

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