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Cast

  (in credits order)

Giuseppe Andrews ... Lex

James DeBello ... Trip (as James De Bello)

Edward Furlong ... Hawk

Sam Huntington ... Jam

Lin Shaye ... Mrs. Bruce

Melanie Lynskey ... Beth

Natasha Lyonne ... Christine
Miles Dougal ... Elvis

Nick Scotti ... Kenny

Emmanuelle Chriqui ... Barbara

David Quane ... Bobby
Rodger Barton ... Mr. Bumsteen
Kathryn Haggis ... Mrs. Bumsteen
David Gardner ... Priest

Shannon Tweed ... Amanda Finch

Kristin Booth ... Cashier

Joe Flaherty ... Father McNulty
Cody Jones ... Little Kid

Matthew G. Taylor ... Chongo (as Matt Taylor)
Joan Heney ... Study Hall Teacher
Robert Smith ... Simple Simon (as Rob Smith)

Aaron Berg ... Bartender
Paul Brogren ... Roadie #1
Allan Clow ... Man with Coat
Chris Benson ... Mr. Johansen
Colleen Williams ... Nun

Richard Hillman ... Scalper

Stephen Joffe ... Six Year Old #1
Ryan Letriard ... Six Year Old #2
Joseph Haase ... Security Guard

Ron Jeremy ... MC (as Ron Jeremy Hyatt)

Kevin Corrigan ... Beefy Jerk #1

Steve Schirripa ... Beefy Jerk #2

Lindy Booth ... Girl #1

Christina Sicoli ... Foxy Girl
Michael Barry ... Nerd
Vic Rigler ... Pizza Boy
Eileen Flood ... Female Parishoner

Pamela Bowen ... Matmok Lieutenant

Johnie Chase ... Cop #1

Julian Richings ... Ticket Taker

Gene Simmons ... KISS

Paul Stanley ... KISS

Ace Frehley ... KISS

Peter Criss ... KISS

Shane Daly ... Chongo's Friend

Noah Danby ... Chongo's Friend

Christopher Lee Clements ... Stripper #1
Jonathan Cuthill ... Stripper #2
Neno Vojic ... Stripper #3
Rich Coulson ... Stripper #4
Michael Kremko ... Stripper #5
Derek De Luis ... Stripper #6
Tara Elliott ... Babe #2
Elissa Bradley ... Babe #3
Cherry Flatley ... Babe #4

Leilene Ondrade ... Babe #5 (as Leilene Onrade)
Hazel K. Anderson ... Babe #6
Jessica Kleiner ... Babe #7
Nadia Dalchand ... Babe #8
Kerri Michalica ... Babe #9
Kerry Robinson ... Babe #10
Dino M. Sicoli ... Really Lucky Hot Tub Dude
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Frank Falcone ... Roadie
Gurjeet Ahluwalia ... Smoker (uncredited)
Todd Bendera ... Kiss Fan (uncredited)

Sonny Bono ... Himself - with Cher (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jimmy Carter ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Cher ... Herself - with Sonny (archive footage) (uncredited)

Raven Cinello ... Student (uncredited)
Matt Graver ... Mini-Mart Hostage (uncredited)

Gavin Heffernan ... Drunken Fan (uncredited)

Kassandra Marr ... Groupie (uncredited)

Brian McGuire ... Teenager (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself - in Resignation Speech (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lisa Perkins ... Simple Simon's Co-Host (uncredited)

Adam Rifkin ... It's Raining Men Billboard Model (uncredited)

Tim Sullivan ... KISS Concert Audience Member (uncredited)

Louis Tripp ... Nerdy Kid (uncredited)

Andy Warhol ... Himself - at Studio 54 (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bill Welychka ... Man Backstage (uncredited)

Directed by
Adam Rifkin 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Carl V. Dupré (written by)

Produced by
Michael De Luca .... executive producer (as Michael Deluca)
Kathleen Haase .... producer
Barry Levine .... producer
Art Schaefer .... co-producer (as Art Schaeffer)
Gene Simmons .... producer
Tim Sullivan .... associate producer
Brian Witten .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
J. Peter Robinson 
 
Cinematography by
John R. Leonetti (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mark Goldblatt 
Peter Schink 
 
Casting by
Valerie McCaffrey 
 
Production Design by
Steve Hardie 
 
Art Direction by
Lucinda Zak 
 
Set Decoration by
Carolyn 'Cal' Loucks  (as Cal Loucks)
 
Costume Design by
Rosanna Norton 
 
Makeup Department
Katrin Clark .... assistant hairdresser
Judi Cooper-Sealy .... hair designer
Karola Dirnberger .... hair department head
Lynn Gardner .... assistant hairdresser
Darlene King .... assistant hairdresser
Burton J. LeBlanc .... assistant makeup artist (as Burton Leblanc)
Eileen Lindsley .... hair stylist: Detroit
Eileen Lindsley .... makeup artist: Detroit
Janice Miller .... assistant hairdresser
Divyo Rae Putney .... key extras hairdresser (as Divyo Putney)
Sandra Reynolds .... assistant hairdresser
Marlene Schneider .... makeup artist
Kelly Shanks .... assistant hairdresser
Adina Shore .... assistant hairdresser
Geralyn Wraith .... makeup designer
Geralyn Wraith .... makeup supervisor
Dorota Zajac .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Carla Fry .... executive in charge of production
Ric Keeley .... post-production supervisor
Brian Leslie Parker .... unit production manager
Mary Petryshyn .... production supervisor: Detroit
Susan Phillips .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Black .... third assistant director
Charles Braive .... first assistant director: second unit
Julie Brazeau .... trainee assistant director
Harley Cohen .... third assistant director
Siegfried Kopp .... trainee assistant director (as Siegfreid Kopp)
Grant Lucibello .... second assistant director
D. Joanne Malo .... second assistant director: second unit
Tony Markes .... second unit director
Peter Schink .... second unit director
Ian Woolf .... first assistant director (as Ian Foster Woolf)
 
Art Department
John Bannister .... key scenic artist (as John Banister)
Paul Berta .... storyboard artist
Ed Butkus .... head painter
Carlos Caneca .... leadman
Patricia Chard .... assistant head painter
Kirk Cheney .... construction coordinator
Brian Clancy .... carpenter
Wayne Collins .... carpenter
Janet Cormack .... scenic artist
J.P. Dame .... set dresser
Gerry Deschenes .... swing gang
Nick Fischer .... swing gang
Danielle Fleury .... assistant set decorator
Ian Fraser .... construction head carpenter
Beth Gilinsky .... art department estimator
Paul Harding .... swing gang
Ron Hewitt .... assistant property master
John Keenan .... construction assistant head carpenter
Murray Keith .... construction location head carpenter
Marilyn Kiewiet .... set designer
Jonathan Kovacs .... property buyer
Rocco Larizza .... construction laborer
Greg Lennox .... carpenter
Halina Lewandowski .... on-set scenic artist
Arlene Lott .... second assistant art director
Brian Lumley .... on-set carpenter
Aleksandra Marinkovich .... art department production assistant (as Alex Marinkovich)
Rick Moran .... construction laborer
Melissa Morgan .... head painter
Robert G. Pearson .... carpenter (as Bob Pearson)
Greg Pelchat .... on-set dresser
Denis Perrier .... carpenter
Paul Rapati .... carpenter
Vic Rigler .... property master
Tom Sheehan .... carpenter (as Thomas Sheehan)
Tammi Sutton .... production design assistant
Dean Taylor .... swing gang
 
Sound Department
Steve C. Aaron .... sound mixer (as Steve Aaron)
Javier Bennassar .... sound effects editor
Dorian Cheah .... sound re-recording mixer
Matt Dubin .... digital sound transfer engineer
Lisle Engle .... sound effects editor
Mary Erstad .... foley mixer
David Lee Fein .... foley artist (as David Fein)
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Frank Gaeta .... supervising sound editor
Robert Getty .... assistant sound editor
Danielle Ghent .... dialogue editor
David Grant .... dialogue editor
Michael Hertlein .... adr editor
Michael Hertlein .... dialogue editor
Chato Hill .... assistant sound editor
Dean Hovey .... sound editor
Robert Jackson .... dialogue editor (as Robert C. Jackson)
C.W. Jones .... foley mixer
Colin Jones .... boom operator
Thomas Jones .... supervising adr editor
Craig Jurkiewicz .... foley editor
Ossama Khuluki .... foley artist
Diane Marshall .... foley artist (as S. Diane Marshall)
Peter McCabe .... sound recordist
Michael Mullane .... sound effects editor
John Ross .... sound re-recording mixer
Erika Schengili-Roberts .... cableperson (as Erika Schengili-Roberts)
Anne Slack .... digital transfer engineer (as Anne Black)
Lucy Sustar .... foley editor
Roland N. Thai .... sound effects editor (as Roland Thai)
Jim Thompson .... boom operator (as Jim [J.T.] Thompson)
Mathew Waters .... sound re-recording mixer (as Matthew Waters)
 
Special Effects by
Michael Kavanagh .... special effects coordinator
Dawn Rivard .... special effects assistant
Daniel White .... key special effects (as Danny White)
Derek Liscoumb .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Skyler Wilson .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Rene Clark .... animator: Perpetual Motion Pictures
Richard Malzahn .... visual effects supervisor: Perpetual Motion Pictures
Mindy Minkow .... optical camera operator
Kimberly Sylvester .... visual effects producer: Perpetual Motion Pictures
 
Stunts
Nick Alachiotis .... stunts
Hazel K. Anderson .... stunts
Leigh Bianco .... stunts (as Leigh Brinkman)
Ermes Blarasin .... stunts
Randy Butcher .... stunts
Wendy Carroll .... stunts
Allan Clow .... stunts
Peter Cox .... stunts
Susan Davis .... stunts
Tom Farr .... stunts
C.J. Fidler .... stunts
Mike Gow .... stunts
Jamie Jones .... stunts
Kym Kristalie .... stunts
Kim MacLaren .... stunts
Patrick Mark .... stunt double: Edward Furlong
Patrick Mark .... stunts
Tammy McArthur .... stunts
Leilene Ondrade .... stunts
Sue Parker .... stunts
Robin Pecholcs .... stunts
Robert Racki .... stunts
Alison Reid .... stunt coordinator
Alison Reid .... stunts
Paul Rutledge .... stunts
Bryan Thomas .... stunts
Dave Van Zeyl .... stunts (as David Van Zeyl)
Kate Willingham .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Bolton .... electrician (as Paul 'Father' Bolton)
Paul Bolton .... lighting technician (as Paul 'Father' Bolton)
Carlo Campagna .... aerial rigger
Allen Cheng .... rigging gaffer
Angelo Colavecchia .... Steadicam operator
Angelo Colavecchia .... camera operator: "a" camera
Jim Craig .... best boy grip (as Jim [J.C.] Craig)
Dave De Brincat .... second assistant camera: Detroit
Christopher Dean .... key grip
Darry Dusbiber .... gaffer: Detroit
William Engel .... grip
Michael Galbraith .... chief lighting technician
Michael Galbraith .... gaffer
David Harcourt .... key aerial rigger
John Harper .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer
John Hobson .... camera operator: "b" camera
Andrew Hoehn Jr. .... first assistant camera: Detroit (as Andy Hoghn)
Perry Hoffman .... camera operator: "b" camera
Dylan James How .... video assist (as Dylan How)
Michael Kohne .... best boy aerial rigger
Harry Lake .... director of photography: second unit
Martin Lake .... key grip: second unit
Brian Montague .... electrician (as Brian 'Monty' Montague)
Brian Montague .... lighting technician (as Brian 'Monty' Montague)
Juan Carlos Montalvo .... camera loader: "a" camera
Christopher Nethercoat .... rigging grip (as Chris Nethercoat)
Akira Nishihata .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Michael Plant .... generator operator (as Michael 'Power' Plant)
Jeff Reischl .... grip (as Jeff)
Jim Reischl .... grip
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip
Rob Sekersky .... focus puller: second unit
Dave C. Sheridan .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as David Sheridan)
Tom Starnes .... best boy electrician
Mark Strachan .... key grip: Detroit
Jonathan Vanseader .... camera trainee
Greg Whiteside .... 24 frame video operator
Ken Wyke .... electrician (as Ken 'Sunny' Wyke)
Ken Wyke .... lighting technician (as Ken 'Sunny' Wyke)
 
Casting Department
Joe Adams .... casting associate
Ayo Davis .... casting assistant
Juli-Ann Kay .... casting associate
Kurt Koehler .... casting assistant
Angela Rentzelos .... extras coordinator: promo
John Stone .... extras coordinator: promo
Cathy Thomas .... extras casting: Detroit
Corbin Bronson .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Aric Dupere .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Donna Dupere .... extras casting (uncredited)
Brad Gerstl .... extras casting representative (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donna Butt .... seamstress
Patricia Hanley Cumming .... wardrobe mistress (as Pat Hanley-Cumming)
Jay Du Boisson .... costume supervisor
Scarlett Jade .... wardrobe: Detroit
Vera Laurence .... wardrobe assistant
Kathleen Meade .... extras wardrobe supervisor
Sidney Sproule .... wardrobe mistress assistant (as Sydney Sproule)
Delphine White .... assistant costume designer
Monica Wier .... wardrobe mistress assistant
 
Editorial Department
Roger Barton .... additional editor
Matthew Bates .... first assistant editor (as Matthew O'Reilly Bates)
Joseph Boren .... assistant film editor (as Joseph E. Boren)
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter: Kona Cutting
Doug Caron .... assistant editor: Avid (as Douglas Caron)
Adam Cohen .... additional concert editor
Rob Evans .... dailies colorist
Jana Lynn Gold .... assistant editor: Avid
Christine Hare .... apprentice editor (as Christine Mark)
Jody Levin .... executive in charge of post-production
David McGroarty .... second assistant editor
Darin Edward Read .... apprentice editor
Peter Schink .... additional concert editor
Matvey Shatz .... color timer
Mary Ann Skweres .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... orchestrator
Spring Aspers .... music supervisor
Paul Broucek .... music executive
David Campbell .... arranger, orchestrator, conductor
Elin Carlson .... chorus
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer
Claudia Hernandez .... assistant to composer
Allan Kaufman .... music supervisor
Mark Kaufman .... music clearance executive
Jon Kull .... orchestrator
Lise Richardson .... music editor (as Lisé Richardson)
J. Peter Robinson .... conductor
J. Peter Robinson .... orchestrator
Lori Silfen .... music business affairs
John West .... vocal contractor
Brent Woods .... composer: additional music
Tom Zutaut .... soundtrack executive producer
 
Transportation Department
Fred Anderson .... driver
Ron Annabelle .... driver
Rudy Baccuchi .... driver (as Rudy C. Baccuchi)
Richard Baumgart .... driver: Detroit
Percy Budd .... head driver
Ricardo Burkhardt .... driver
Dan Dengel .... transportation coordinator: Detroit
Richard Fitzsimmons .... transportation coordinator: Detroit (as R. Fitzsimmons)
Norman Foster .... driver (as Norm Foster)
Chris Jones .... driver: Detroit
Jason Leeking .... driver
Dan Marjanovich .... picture vehicle coordinator (as Dan Marjanovic)
Neil Montgomerie .... transportation coordinator
Harry Ross .... driver
Gerry Savoy .... transportation captain (as Gerald 'Jerry' Savoy)
Marco Sousa .... driver
Raymond Stevens .... driver: Detroit (as Ray Stevens)
William L. Tataryn .... driver: cast: Gene Simmons and KISS (as Bill Tataryn)
Keith Taylor .... picture car wrangler: Detroit
Truman van Duzen .... driver (as Truman Van Duzen)
L.J. 'Sam' Williams .... driver: Detroit (as Sam Williams)
Brad Winans .... driver
Mark D. Acheson .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Daniel Albahary .... production secretary
Natalie Angel .... production secretary (as Natalie S. Angel)
Kathy Asheton .... script supervisor: Detroit
Kareem E. Blair .... location assistant
John Boylan .... dialogue coach
Dara Bratt .... production assistant
Laurel Bresnahan .... studio teacher
Kathryn Buck .... script supervisor
Kevin 'Vinnie' Campbell .... production assistant: Detroit
Laurie Cartwright .... risk management
Jeff Egan .... production safety
Karen Eisenstadt .... production accountant
Trina Erzkiel .... craft service assistant
Kevin Etherington .... stand-in
David Farant .... stand-in
Emily Glatter .... supervising production coordinator
Katharine Gray .... clearance coordinator
Kathryn Guy .... production secretary
Lana Hale .... rights clearances: Clearvision Unlimited
Gavin Heffernan .... production assistant
Lili Hochmonovich .... stand-in (as Lilly Hochmanovic)
Gwen Hudson .... stand-in
Eric Jackson .... production assistant: Detroit
Marc Jacobs .... production resources
Scott Kanyuck .... contract administrator
David Korchok .... assistant location manager
Doron Loeb .... production assistant
Jody K. MacPherson .... accounting assistant
Andrew Matthews .... production attorney
Scott McDougall .... production office assistant
Scot McFadyen .... production assistant
Michele McGuire .... production executive
Ray McMillan .... front projectionist
Hugh Meecham .... production office assistant
Jennifer Mount .... risk management
Kathy Neely .... production secretary: Detroit
David Nikolas .... stand-in
Wayne Pells .... script supervisor: second unit
Lisa Perkins .... assistant: Mr. Rifkin
Karen Pidgurski .... unit publicist
Michel Poirier .... production assistant
Paul Prokop .... production controller
Karin Pyykkonen .... craft service: Detroit
Kristian Ransonnet .... post-production accountant (as Kristyan Ransonnet)
Matthew Rawley .... second assistant accountant
Corinna Schmitt-Porsia .... production coordinator (as Corinna Schmitt Porsia)
Lisa Sheldon .... body double: Christine
Eric T. Snyder .... location manager (as Erik T. Snyder)
Cherie Spencer .... craft service assistant
Simone Stock .... assistant: Mr. Levine, Mr. Simmons & Ms. Haase (as Simone Marie Stock)
Tommy Thayer .... titles consultant: main title
Cathy Thomas .... location manager: Detroit
Lee Tucker .... preview technical supervisor
Kent Tustin .... location assistant
Loretta Vanhart .... first assistant accountant
Nick Walsh .... stand-in
Janine L. Aines .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Michael Alexander .... head animal trainer (uncredited)
Erin Bilderback .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Ginger Holman .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Sean Jordan .... interactive media (uncredited)
Joseph McCarter .... animal trainer (uncredited)
George Ploszczansky .... location scout (uncredited)
Joel Silverman .... head animal trainer (uncredited)
Tim Williams .... animal trainer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Mark Barinholtz .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contribution to the making of this movie
Mike Brandvold .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contribution to the making of this movie, KISS Online
Valerie Breiman .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contribution to the making of this movie
Tammy Fisher .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contribution to the making of this movie
Joseph Haase .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contribution to the making of this movie (as Joseph Aloysius Haase)
Ted Kornblum .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contribution to the making of this movie, Ampeg Bass Amplifiers
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Gerri Miller .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contribution to the making of this movie, Metal Edge
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Adam Rifkin .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contribution to the making of this movie (as Rif Coogan)
Lauren Rifkin .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contribution to the making of this movie
Michele Rifkin .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contribution to the making of this movie
Brad Wyman .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks: for their contribution to the making of this movie
 

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Rated R for strong language, drug use and sex-related content
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Edward Furlong auditioned for the role of Trip.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the car chase, Furlong rolls up the Volvo's window, in the distant shots the window is down, then on the close ups it is up again.See more »
Quotes:
Trip:Just one more day of school to get through, girlies, before tomorrow night, Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan! You wanted the best...
All Boys:You got the best! The hottest band in the world... KISS!
[exhale loudly, imitating the sound of a screaming crowd]
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26 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Calling Dr. Love, 29 July 1999
Author: Brian Orndorf from Minneapolis

"Detroit Rock City"

Darth Maul, Austin Powers, Tarzan, John Travolta, Julia Roberts, Cartman, James West, and killer sharks... What else would summer 1999 require? KISS. That's what we need. With all the teenager movies stinking up the multiplexes recently, the only relief is a film featuring the Knights In Satan's Service. Recalling "Dazed And Confused" and channeling "Rock N' Roll High School", "Detroit Rock City" is a heaping portion of good fun. Filled to the brim with energy and acted by a cast of clever actors who probably can't even shave yet, this new music-packed comedy might just be what the doctor (Dr. Love, that is) ordered.

KISS fans might not be too happy to hear that the band isn't in the film for more than 5 minutes. Director Adam Rifkin ("The Chase" and the pathetically forced "Dark Backward") and writer Carl V. Dupre have made a film not about KISS, but about four teenagers from 1978 Cleveland who drive to Detroit to see the band in concert. Everything from religiously fanatic mothers (The great Lin Shaye), to money-stealing bullies, and even some Disco lowlifes try to stop our heroes as they trek to see the world's greatest band. Once in Detroit, the friends split up to find opportunities to scam their way into the show. It is also in Detroit where each teen learns a very important lesson about life, and just how much KISS rocks.

Leading the group is Edward Furlong. Last seen in John Waters's "Pecker", Furlong has opened up greatly in the past couple of films. In "Detroit", Furlong gives his best performance to date. I've never seen him so loose on-screen before. Working with James DeBello, Giuseppe Andrews, and probably the most expressive teenage actor working today, Sam Huntington, they each deliver just the right amount of teenage apathy, yet make each one of their characters endearing to the audience. It's enormous fun to watch them on-screen together. You don't come around such a young cast that works so well together too often. Other players include the eternal vamp Shannon Tweed, Natasha Lyonne("Slums Of Beverly Hills") in yet another role that cannot seem to tap into her talents as much as I would like to see, and even a girl fittingly named Beth played by the wonderful Melanie Lynskey("Heavenly Creatures"),

It's quite obvious from the brilliant opening credits that Director Rifkin is out to have some fun. He brings back the 1970's with wonderful widescreen lensing, a dab of split-screen, and a soundtrack crammed with classic rock hits. One after another, the music fills each scene with such vibrant energy. After getting so used to the pre-packaged soundtracks that frequently don't have anything to do with the movies that feature them, it's refreshing to see film and sound live in holy matrimony for once.

The camera swings and moves with alarming speed. The colors pop and squeak. The era is evoked gently and without(much) sarcasm. "Detroit Rock City" is one of the few films that seems to be the product of genuine love for the era and the music. It's a bright film with an enormous amount of good will. Whatever Rifkin has forced upon us before has now been forgotten.

If I had to make once complaint about "Detroit", it's the typical use of drama to justify the movie. You've seen it time and again, the film you love crashing to a halt so the lead character can make some death-to-the-ears speech about freedom, love, or any other mundane belief. It never ceases to stop any film, and it brings the kinetic "Detroit" to it's knees for about 5 minutes. The picture is bright enough to not have to include any dramatic weight whatsoever. It's seems like a screenplay conceit, and probably is. Yet another film that's too self-conscious to really kick back and fire on all cylinders.

New Line cut a great trailer for this film. The "Mad" magazine-style poster was also a genius choice. "Detroit Rock City" is silly and sometimes childish, but it never stoops to the constipated laughs of "American Pie" or the plain ugliness of other similar "boy" intensive teenage comedies. "Detroit" is often sharp, always silly, slightly tasteless, but a seriously rocking late summer film that makes up for the usual garbage that litters August. You wanted the best, you got the best.--------- 9/10

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