Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Over the weekend I saw the movie that some people are talking about, BoyTown. BoyTown were a boy band from the 80s whose now middle aged members, played by Glen Robbins, Mick Molloy, Bob Franklin, Wayne Hope and Gary Eck, reunite in the hope of recapturing their former glory. In their prime they sung teenage torch songs, but discover their old fans have grown up and moved on, and if they want to reach them, they must do the same. They amusingly sing of doing housework, picking up kids from school, and other aspects of suburban life. While the script could have been developed more, it's the songs that make this concept work. While not in quite the same league as other such musical parodies as The Rutles: All You Need is Cash (1978), This is Spinal Tap (1984), or A Mighty Wind (2003), as a comedy it works well. There are worse ways to spend ninety minutes out of your weekend. I guess.