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An 80's one-hit wonder band named The Suburbans reform for a special performance at one of the ex-member's wedding. At the wedding, a young record company talent scout happens to be in the audience and decides to give the now 40-ish performers a comeback push. The film attempts to take a satirical look at the music business of the 90's and compare it to the simpler 80's scene. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Never before has a girl done so much with so little.

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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19 January 2000 (Belgium)  »

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A bamba banda  »

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$5,797 (USA) (29 October 1999)

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$5,797 (USA) (29 October 1999)
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Helicopter reflected in taxi windows on the highway. See more »

Quotes

Mitch: Don't let Grace "Yoko" The Suburbans.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Changing Lanes
Written and Performed by Zoomer
Produced by Jo Jo Starr
Courtesy of Magnatube Publishing (BMI)/Pinch Hit Records
By Arrangement with The Music Library, LLC
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28 May 2006 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Almost every comment or review you will read about this one is accurate. Whether you like it or not is up to you. You might also see someone write something about the team making a good effort. This is true too.

You'll see some people saying there's just too much dialogue. This is true as well. And they'll mostly say Amy Brenneman is the one that stands out. And that's true too.

But the movie drags. For all the good intentions, for all the clever skits, it drags - and that's unfortunate. It's fun to watch - Bierko is a riot and Hewitt is gorgeous, and let's not forget the Stillers in a wacky portrayal - but it's bits and pieces, it's too disparate, it doesn't grab you through a well organised and successful plot - it's bits and pieces with a thread someone tried to sew through it all afterwards. The story doesn't have momentum of its own and the plot mechanisms seem contrived and arbitrary. And you don't feel any empathy for any of the characters - not even for Amy's. Not enough to keep you enjoying, really enjoying the movie, on the edge of your seat, and so forth and so on. And stylistically it tries to attack everything at once - and that's never going to work.

You may enjoy this one - minimally. And it isn't for their not making an effort. But there are important ingredients missing. The acting's mostly great, the writing too - there just isn't enough good plot packed story. It drags on.


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