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Tony gets fired from his job. He's not really sad about this because he prefers writing songs and playing the guitar. He meets the drummer Charlie and they decide to start a band, although Tony is afraid of playing in front of other people. He can't even play in front of Charlie. They find another guitarist, Wynn, who enjoys fishing if he's not playing the guitar. The final member of the band is Eric, the bass-player who is often unpredictable in his actions. They name the band Circus Monkey and want to get famous and rich. However, after some successful gigs, they begin to realize what all the big music and show business is about. Written by
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I'd never seen or heard of this one. I put on the television and there it was this morning. I must say it was a very pleasant surprise.
It strikes me that inasmuch as a comedy can be gritty, Bandwagon is a grittier version of the Tom Hanks film, That Thing You Do. Instead of the cute sixties moptops of that film, here we get the tired, bored, living in the van, probably smell bad band of the 90s, Circus Monkey.
The story is a familiar one. Band forms full of idealism and belief in their music. Band goes on the road.Band starts battling. Band reaches breaking point. Anyone who has been in a band will appreciate Bandwagon a bit more than the casual observer. The cast of largely unknown actors does very well. The songs are good, but there should have been more of them.
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