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If you've never come across this gem, think a Scottish version of "The
Commitments", but less gritty.
This is a very funny series that is knowing in a self-deprecating way. What a pity it was so short and has been aired so few times; at least in Australia, where I saw it.
The original music by Guy Pratt is catchy with lyrics that partner well with the wise-cracking script.
Ciarán McMenamin is winning and believable as Jez. He and Simone Lahbib (Fiona) create some real chemistry.
"The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star" follows the ups and
downs of making it in the music industry. A young band from Glasgow
stumble across talent, get good and become famous by mistake. The band
consist of: Joe, Fiona, Jez, Psycho and Wullie, the weirdest mix you
have ever seen! I have "The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock
Star" on VHS and i never get sick of watching it. I would strongly
recommend that you watch it. It is well worth it and each time you
watch it, it will have you in hysterics.
You never get sick of the ridiculous antics that the band pull! Excellent!!!
A YOUNG PERSONS GUIDE TO BECOMING A ROCK STAR (1998)---- This TVseries
(6 thirty minute episodes) reminds me of the recent "Almost Famous"
about the trails and tribulations of finding the right mix of
performers and material to hit it big in the rock field. The price of
fame and the characters who become so in love with themselves they
forget they are humans, is touched on and explored.
The lead - Ciaran McMenamin - Jez, is a callow youth who seems to be sleepwalking through much of the film. He does manage to get some energy in a few scenes. One wonders if the director purposely had him play the scenes this way or that was all she could get out of him.
The strange buddy, with cornrow hair and a weak stomach, is just tedious. The girls are okay, and try to liven things up.
Gerry Butler, as Marty Claymore, the rocker from hell, is perfect. Comedy is hard to do well, but Gerry is flawless as an idiot so completely gone on himself he doesn't even know he is ridiculous. I love the scene in the agents office where he can hardly talk he is so traumatized because he doesn't have a private loo on the airplane. And no avocados, dammit!! "No one loves me." Priceless!! I quite enjoyed this little series. A lot was filmed in Dunbarton,Scotland with a mostly Scottish cast. The music was tolerable and some quite good. And the over-the-top characterizations of 'types' in the rock music business keeps this film perking along nicely.
Eight years ago, Gerard Butler had hardly a wrinkle in his face and was quite thin. Already could hold the screen and you rarely look away from him. Whatever "it" is - he had it!! 7/10
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This was sent to me by a friend who I met through other channels. She
told me that when she first saw it, it made her laugh and that it was
right up my alley. Well, she was right! I have not laughed so hard in
some time!! I almost got sick and had to pause the film to move around
a bit before finishing it! This is one of the jewels that creeps out
and snaps you up before you can blink... providing you have a wicked
sense of humor and aren't in it for Gerry Butler only. Though I have to
say... to see the man unhinged and screeching was hilarious in and of
itself. Nice work Big Man! So... no spoilers... no input other than if
you need a laugh A HUGE GUT WRENCHING laugh, then check this one out.
This is without doubt one of the best 6 episode TV series ever. Not only
it funny, entertaining, it deals with a lot of issues for up and coming
noticible are the twists and the plots that "Jocks Wa Hey" come up with to get signed, using their scotch strength and charm from stealing their equipment back, to their 1st TV apearance.
as if that wasn't good enough The Young Persons Guide... also contains a fantastic sound track and Cameo appearances from JK from Jamiroquai and Noel Gallagher from Oasis!!! this is a MUST See!!
I loved this show - it was incredibly funny! I particularly loved Forbes Masson as the agent - he was hysterical!
I saw this when I was in the UK and thought it was one of the funniest shows I have seen. Very campy and very funny. Hoping it will show again here in North America! A good jab at the music industry!
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I have just re-watched " A Young Persons Guide To Becoming A Rock
Star", as I have finally converted my VHS to DVDs. I found it to be
even more funny than the first time I saw it all those years ago, when
it first aired on Channel 4 back in 1998.
A lot of the humour is very obvious, with a slightly satirical, but realistic look at how a rock band gets to the top in the UK music business, with ups and downs along the way.
The pace over the 6 episodes is perfect, and a continual love story between Jez and Fiona in the background, helps the plot progress.
It helps that I actually like this style of music, which was quite prominent during the Nineties. Think Nirvana meets Oasis meets Pet Shop Boys?
The acting for the most part is very good, and I love the cameo appearances by the music/entertainment celebrities.
On the whole, an entertaining watch!
Sweet, lighthearted, punchy and pacy, this is a worthy and hugely enjoyable update on the "Rock Follies" concept that delivers plenty of laughs. I loved it the when it first came out, watched again recently, and I reckon it still stands up as fine, funny satire on the pleasures and pitfalls of the pursuit of pop success. The scripts are clever and witty, the cast is great, the photography, editing, direction and production design are distinctive and add greatly to the impact of the show - I especially love the montage of the band going hog-wild spending their record company advance, which is overlaid with a counter graphic that adds up how much money they're wasting. The original songs are pretty good, and of course there's the added attraction some very funny cameo appearances by real rock stars and music industry faces like Chrissie Hynde and Noel Gallagher. Some viewers might have a little trouble negotiating the Glasgow accents (myself, I could listen to them all night) but if that's not a problem for you then I reckon you're probably going to love this series. A wee gem.
Gerry Butler is truly hilarious and highly entertaining playing the stuck-on-himself rock star in Guide to Becoming a Rock Star, and a great example of 28-year-old Gerry's talent and star presence. However, note that he is only in episodes 2, 3 & 4 for a grand total of 10 minutes screen time. But if you are a die-hard Butler fan as I am, it is well worth it, even if you aren't a music business fan. Also, the series itself is very funny. Gerry's singing in this series had to be dubbed - it doesn't sound like his voice at all and looks dubbed. I can't find a credit online for who did his singing, or one that states it is in fact his voice.
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