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Detroit Rock City (1999)

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A comedy about four teenagers in 1978 who try to scam their way into a KISS concert.

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Four members of a high school band called Mystery do everything they can to attend a KISS concert in Detroit. In order to make it to the show they must steal, cheat, strip, deal with an anti-rock mom and generally do whatever it takes to see the band that has inspired them to be musicians. Written by an Urban Achiever

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You gotta lose your mind at Detroit Rock City! See more »

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Comedy | Music

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Rated R for strong language, drug use and sex-related content | See all certifications »

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13 August 1999 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,005,512 (USA) (13 August 1999)

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$4,193,025 (USA) (10 September 1999)
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Trivia

The confessional booth was about as big as a airplane bathroom. See more »

Goofs

When Jam in lecturing his mother, in one scene, he points the bullhorn at her, then puts it down at his side. But, in the next shot, it's pointing to her again. See more »

Quotes

Hawk: [after throwing up, getting ready to dance] Maestro!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits are over, two kids from a previous scene come on screen and say, "We don't have any KISS tickets." "Yeah, KISS sucks!" See more »

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Referenced in I Love You, Beth Cooper (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

The Boys Are Back In Town
Written by Phil Lynott (as Philip Parris Lynott)
Performed by Thin Lizzy
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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Fun concert adventure
20 January 2001 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Being that the story is about kids who want to go to see their favourite band, you know that in the end they will somehow get to see the show. It's a question if you enjoy the ride to get there. And I did.

Although being a teen comedy (which always means an obligatory puke scene), and some physical comedy which was a little distracting, this film was just fun. The film works cause everyone can think back to the days in high school when you worshiped a band, played their music, and would DIE to see them play live, and this film captures that feeling perfectly. It also captures the era perfectly with the music, cars, good soundtrack, and the pot shots at of course... disco (Did you see those SHOES the disco chicks were wearing??). And of course it was VERY funny in places (I thought my jam sessions were bad...).

Also the film had me guessing as to what would happen, sometimes I thought it was predictable, then it switched gears and surprised me, particularly the ending which was so perfectly sweet!! Perfect music high school camradare done wonderfully. Even though I am not a fan of KISS, everyone can think back to the time when your fav band was your TRUE means of salvation.

Rating 7 out of 10.


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