Devastated Peter takes a Hawaii vacation in order to deal with recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend, Sarah. Little does he know Sarah's traveling to the same resort as her ex ... and she's bringing along her new boyfriend.
"The Boat That Rocked" is an ensemble comedy in which the romance takes place between the young people of the '60s and pop music. It's about a band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that wanted classical music, and nothing else, on the airwaves. The Count, a big, brash, American god of the airwaves; Quentin, the boss of Radio Rock -- a pirate radio station in the middle of the North Sea that's populated by an eclectic crew of rock and roll DJs; Gavin, the greatest DJ in Britain who has just returned from his drug tour of America to reclaim his rightful position; Dave, an ironic, intelligent and cruelly funny co-broadcaster; and a fearsome British government official out for blood against the drug takers and lawbreakers of a once-great nation. Written by
This film is very loosely based on Radio Caroline, a popular pirate radio ship with a similar history and style. It was director Richard Curtis's intention to weave a fictional story around the many pirate stations of that era, rather than base the story on a factual story. See more »
The characters frequently use vernacular that was not made popular until much later than 1966. Characters refer to protection as 'condoms,' which were much more commonly called 'Johnnies' in the 60s. Also, Young Carl is told that when dealing with Thick Kevin, it was important to "think outside the box," a term not coined in general use until the early 90s. See more »
[to his bride, Elenore]
Wow. You look like a unicorn... in a negligee.
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This film is dedicated to all who worked and broadcast on the pirate stations - all those wonderful years, all day and all of the night. See more »
We went to see this because of great reviews, but were disappointed. I can see several reasons why the reviews were so great. The reviewers liked the baby-boomer music; the plot was fairly unique (unless you count the influences of "Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou", "Titanic," "MASH" and Monty Python); there was a certain appealing light heartedness and irreverence.
Well, here's a minority opinion: The plot was repetitious and dragged in the middle. The characterizations were heavy-handed and exaggerated beyond belief (as in Monty Python). The ending was an homage to "Titantic," which does not deserve an homage. It was extremely insulting to women. And the humor of being drunk and/or drugged escapes me entirely. (Recent murders and suicides of substance-abusing performers should have taken the fun out of it.)
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