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Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 26 March 2011 (USA)
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For some aging music fans and kids with a passion for musical history, The Replacements are rock and roll defined. This Minneapolis quartet took a teenage-punk attitude, threw it in a ... See full summary »

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Gorman Bechard

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Gorman Bechard, Hansi Oppenheimer (based on an original idea by)
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Robert Voedisch Robert Voedisch ... Himself
Tommy Ramone ... Himself (as Tommy Erdelyi)
Tom Arnold ... Himself
Dave Foley ... Himself
Grant Hart ... Himself
Terry Katzman ... Himself
George Wendt ... Himself
Johnny Rzeznik ... Himself (as John Rzeznik)
Robert Christgau ... Himself
Bil MacLeslie Bil MacLeslie ... Himself
Kevin Bowe Kevin Bowe ... Himself
Greg Norton Greg Norton ... Himself
Lori Barbero Lori Barbero ... Herself
Jesse Malin ... Himself
Jack Rabid Jack Rabid ... Himself
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For some aging music fans and kids with a passion for musical history, The Replacements are rock and roll defined. This Minneapolis quartet took a teenage-punk attitude, threw it in a blender with classic and pop rock, and then poured it into a Middle American pint glass. Over the band's 12-year existence, its live sets were magical, a total mess, or both-depending on your mood and the members' respective blood alcohol levels. Gorman Bechard's remarkable history of the 'Mats takes us from their first show as the Impediments to their 1991 onstage breakup in Chicago, and everywhere in between. Bechard bravely eschews including the band's music, photos, and live footage, instead relying solely on the fans: their well-kept memories, hilarious anecdotes, and differing points of views about the foursome's wildly varied discography and infamous antics. Bechard has recruited an impressive roster of influential fans: musicians such as Husker Du, Babes in Toyland, The Decemberists, The Hold ... Written by BRAD SEARLES

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The potentially true story of the last best band...

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Documentary | Music

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USA

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English

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26 March 2011 (USA) See more »

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Color Me Obsessed See more »

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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While Hansi Oppenheimer came up with the original idea to do a fan-based film about The Replacements, her film included the band's music, photos and video clips. Once director Gorman Bechard took over the production, he used none of Oppenheimer's footage and completely started over from scratch, keeping only the film's name and the concept of interviewing fans. And in pure Replacements fashion, he also tossed aside the idea of using any music, photos or clips of the band and decided that the film would now be a serious look at the band's history from start to finish, as well as a study of how the right band can change one's life, as seen solely through the eyes of not only fans, but critics, contemporaries, and those influenced by The Replacements. There is no music in the film, nor are there any interviews with the band members, or any clips of live performances, solely because Bechard wanted none in the film. That a music doc without music had never been made is what truly excited the director about the project. See more »

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Dave Foley: People always asked if we wanted to be the Beatles of comedy, and we would say, 'No, we want to be the Replacements'.
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A labor of love, and a treat for 'Mats fans
14 April 2011 | by ruzSee all my reviews

This unusually-constructed documentary tells the story of The Replacements with no input from from the band itself (and that means no music, either). Instead, fans, friends, and musicians take the viewer through the band's journey from scruffy Minneapolis punk rockers to scruffy major label casualties.

It's a heartfelt, and surprisingly emotional, film, as fan after fan (some famous, some not) wax rhapsodic about what the band meant to them. I found myself transported back to my teen years, many of which were spent listening to the albums from the band's glory years: mostly Let It Be and Tim, but the later stuff as well. I really identified with the interviewees as they talked about how Paul's songs spoke to them and gave them strength and confidence to be who they were, and not worry about how the rest of the world saw them.

The Replacements touched thousands of lives (mine included), and 'Color Me Obsessed' shows us all why. It's a labor of love, and the love is apparent in every frame of the film. Highly recommended.


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