Due to conflict with his hard drinking father, who is a working class former musician, a talented teenager runs away from home and seeks to start his own musical career.

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Joey
Frank R. Lanziano ...
Frankie Lanz (as Frankie Lanz)
James Quinn ...
Joey Sr.
Ellen Hammill ...
Bobbie
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Ted
Mary Ann Neu ...
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Janie
Dee Hourican ...
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Darci Wood ...
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Mickey Berz ...
Tony
Michael Sanville ...
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Rickey Ellis ...
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Due to conflict with his hard drinking father, who is a working class former musician, a talented teenager runs away from home and seeks to start his own musical career.

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Written by Tim Worman and Phil Bloomberg
Performed by Tim Worman and The Polecats
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Silly, but a reasonably fun-filled musical trip.
31 March 1999 | by (Suffolk, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Claimed as a "story of a rock & roll rebel", JOEY misfires on being influentially dramatic, because it's too silly and cartoonish. Which is good, since the 80s teen phase needed some high-enough diversion. This might have sounded like another one of those "afterschool" specials that came on television, but it promises to be amusing. It is also a winning story, as we see a young high-school boy give his best shot at the music scene while struggling with the true father-and-son relationship. The music is a little poor in translation to 80s standards, but they sound as if they're familiar. You might spot a couple of legendary artists in this one, for their benefit in contributing to the "doo-wop" rock category. JOEY isn't bad as teenage fodder, but it might leave you expecting a better movie.


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