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18 out of 24 people found the following review useful:

For fans of the band.

Author: hendrix99 from Canada
2 October 2010

I really did enjoy this movie, however, I tried to watch it with the perspective of someone who doesn't like/know BSS. I must say it's not a movie for everyone. There's a cheesy story and it's blended along with a concert. It's fun to see how the band acts on stage, and the emphasis isn't just put on one member, but on all of them. The movie itself is almost like a semi-rockumentary since it depicts the atmosphere of the city of Toronto at Harbourfront in the summer. It's hard to tell if the focus is on the band or the story, but it was a great movie anyways. It wasn't meant to be a blockbuster or the critics' choice of the year, it's just about friendship and fun. Don't expect it to have a fantastic storyline and splendid acting, because you will be disappointed.

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

This movie is weak anyway

Author: Jawsphobia from Toronto, Ontario
7 December 2010

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This movie is gay. Which could be a positive statement if your taste in film runs that way. Why should you be unaware that this movie contains a scene of two guys kissing. The marketing may miss you as an audience.

Or, the general viewer is going to play this movie somewhere public or with friends or family and when their eyes are glazing over and they are checking the clock they are watching two ostensibly heterosexual men kissing and there is a montage intended as erotic which will induce either unintentional laughter or gross-out noises. The lead character is one thing and then another, and it seems to be just because the writers decided to go there.

Nothing is being proposed or denied by him and no rifle is on the mantle at the beginning of act 1 that might be fired by the end of act 2. A guy loses track of a woman he has already slept with and he doesn't find her, gets drunk and goes home to crash and ends up with his male friend. Maybe there is a precedent for this happening in life, but as a movie it falls flat and almost certainly will be a turn-off to anyone investing their time in this loose mix of concert-filler.

I expect a fan of the band will see my negative comment and rate it unhelpful on that basis. A fan of Broken Social Scene might want to support the film on that basis, and not much can be done about that.

A young man wakes up to realize he has slept with a female friend he has wanted as long as he can remember, a gift on the eve of her flight to Europe and a new life there. So the usual movie goal of consummating the great love is done. His goal now? Who cares? It plays to me as if he wants to cajole her into staying in Toronto with him forever in a neo-slacker mediocrity. That seems to be all we can project onto his intentions. He and his male buddy intend to bring the girl to a free concert of her favourite band Broken Social Scene which may have some impact on her or may be a big event they can share -- as if the off screen love making weren't enough.

Broken Social Scene provided music for The Tracy Fragments, another Bruce McDonald film in which function stumbles over form. I like McDonald and he is a genial bohemian figure that inspires young filmmakers, but with this movie I don't know what I'm getting and my main reaction to it was restlessness and boredom.

If I don't know the characters, I should know at least what they represent or have an emotional handle on their needs and wants, but in the case of the protagonist his very nature can flip-flop on the justification of a remark about the band and music being "unpredictable." Much is made of how "amazing" the concert is and it is perfectly generic. The coverage of the concert may surely be less exciting than being there, as is the case with most concerts. If someone is watching video of the concert and loving it, the impact is much the same as watching anyone watch something they love that you don't get.

I'd like to have posted this without a spoiler warning, because it isn't the comment spoiling the movie it's the writers of the script. If a lesbian character ends up with a guy, there's an uproar. If a gay man ends up in love with a woman, there'd be protest. Those stories would be attacked as myths. And yet, there is acceptance of this character jumping track on a whim (supposedly drunk) from straight to gay. It is played off as no big deal, which will only really be amusing to an audience for whom gay issues are uppermost. Otherwise it's just another shade of boring, and with an added ingredient of possibly embarrassment.

Not much story. The concert fills most of the running time. The woman or would-be love object has her wanderings through old haunts on her last night in town, and this is I suppose another great way to gather filler footage. She returns to look at some concert video the protagonist shot. Like a cozy evocation of their true relationship - friends. The ending montage of childhood shots relies on the principle that black and white or grainy means emotive. Another chance to use up some of the bands music over end credits.

If you are a rabid fan of Broken Social Scene, you might only care that it is a document of the free concert. Mind you, a document that veers away and distorts the music to background noise occasionally and that you are not getting the whole thing. If there is a CD of just the music or just the concert coverage, that might be a better purchase.

If you are not a fan of the music, you have seen party videos of your friends that are more entertaining.

If you are a Bruce McDonald fan, see Road Kill again, or Highway 61, Dance Me Outside, or it's criminally short-lived series The Rez or another series Twitch City is in DVD. Pontypool is a gripping and focused, thoughtful and intense movie generally about surviving from zombies and perhaps his best work. Hard Core Logo has a lot of amusing stuff too. This Movie is Broken has none of the charm or balls of the above. Arguably, the man-on-man twist is a risk but not one that can pay off well when it has to be hidden as a spoiler or just annoy the casual viewer.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

concert indie hybrid

Author: SnoopyStyle
23 September 2016

Bruno is overjoyed to be waking up next to his 15 year crush Caroline Rush (Georgina Reilly). It's Toronto summer 2009. There's a garbage strike, the Indy's in town, and the band Broken Social Scene is playing. It's Caroline's favorite band and her last night before going back to Paris. Bruno's friend Blake brags that Bruno could get her backstage. Bruno struggles to get them into the concert and then backstage.

Director Bruce McDonald is basically doing a concert film incorporating an indie love story. It doesn't really work as either but it's interesting to have both interacting. One does have to be a fan of the music to like this. The concert is fine but McDonald needs to have longer sections with only the band to fully immerse in their vibe. As for the love story, it kinda works until she walks off some unknown reason. The movie takes a bohemian turn at the end and it's an odd interesting but unsatisfying finish.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

when music is part of story...

Author: leninovazeleninanelenila from Bratislava, Slovakia
5 March 2011

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I never hear about Broken Social Scene before this movie. I saw it on International Film Festival Bratislava. And I really like it and I really like this music. I think people, who don't like BSS will not like this movie so much. Music is like other character. There are two stories, one is story of this boys and girl and second story of the band. I think this first story would not work without music. Some parts of movie are like music video. I'm not sure, if this gay thing was really necessary, it could be nice story about friendship without it. It seams to me like some way to shock. First time i saw it on big screen I was enthusiastic and little bit afraid, that when i will see it second time, i will not like it so much. But it doesn't happen.

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Great title

Author: ( from Canada
29 January 2014

They have found a great title for this movie, because it reflects the viewer's impression after watching this film. The story is very simple, but still it doesn't seem to get the audience. It's really hard to stand watching it to the end and it is not the purpose of movies (the purpose of movies is to entertain people). Anyways, I have to admit that it has a few good lines, but that's it, overall is, as another reviewer said, a story with less story than some 5 minutes MTV music videos. Sometimes I have the impression that NFB Canada does not read the projects that are submitted for financing, they seem to set up a draw and that's it, here's the financed projects for this year.

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5 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

MTV has 5 minute music clips with more storyline.

Author: dacrez from Au
22 March 2011

This Movie Is Broken is either a blatant self promotional film for the band Broken Social Scene or the writers truly lack any talent and had to compensate for their lack of skill and/or writers block by putting a live concert in to fluff out and fill 90% of their script.

To even suggest that this is a movie is misleading. It's an hour and a half music clip showing a live band (Broken Social Scene) intermingled with perhaps a total of 10 minutes of actual dialogue and 'storyline' about the characters.

I can't even imagine how anyone can even call this a movie other than the fact that it's comprised of a series of still images strung together.

Unless you want to sit and watch Broken Social Scene play live for almost an hour and a half, avoid this film.

I have seen music clips tell a better tale in less than 5 minutes.

The movie summary for this film has almost the whole story in it.

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5 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

This Movie must be Broken

Author: (dupamaryny) from Buxi
11 October 2010

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I am really sorry for this but this movie was awful. I wasted my time by this movie on Film Festival In Hamburg 2010. I saw on this festival (2007) beautifully production "Who loves the sun" and thought that the Canadian movies have every time good level. I was wrong. OK, the story to catch his old girl love and on the same day to sleep with his friend was OK. If someone like to be bisexual than should be, why not. But the music, the music in this film was nightmare. The Canada has hundred of excellent musicians. One of them is Feist. I don't understand why she plays there – but in fact it was the highlights of the movie. Please, if someone likes to make boring jam session, than please do this, but at home. Please don't make films about it and shows another people. I have done nothing wrong in my life to punishment me on this way.

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3 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Worst Movie I've Ever Seen

Author: Hulio999 from Canada
26 January 2011

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This is truly the worst movie I've ever seen, and its current 7.0 rating has been given by friends and family of the creators.

This is a series of clips of a band's free concert with a story occasionally put between the music clips. The band is horrible, and really have no talent. They have around 14 members, and I suspect each of them kicked in some money to get this 'movie' made.

The story is better than the band which isn't saying much. Some highlights: (1) the lengthy romantic bicycle scene where they spend 5 minutes showing the main character riding his female romantic interest around on the bar of his bike; (2) the male gay sex scene resulting from the main character being bored because the girl's not around and his gay friend wanting to do him.

No realism, terrible music, avoid at all costs.

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3 out of 23 people found the following review useful:

Looking for a great movie?? keep looking, this ain't it

Author: marcsparc from montreal
15 February 2011

I am guessing that with 14 members in the band, each knowing 5 people, it is possible for this to have a high rating. Based on watching and listening to this band though, you'd have to wonder the quantity of drugs that were ingested prior to their performance.

This is a hodge-podge of mediocrity and self aggrandizement. This band claims to be Toronto's band, much in the same way that the SkyDome was Toronto's attempt to be a sports capital.

If you need to kill some time, try picking your toes, at least it offered me more entertainment than this lame wannabe attempt at being cool.

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