The siblings Patti and Joe Rasnick live in an industrial suburb in Cleveland, Ohio, and play in a local rock band, The Barbusters. While Patti is focused on their rock band, Joe is also devoted to the family and the upbringing of Patti's young son, Benji. Their pious mother reproaches them for their way of life, especially when they quit their jobs and go on tour, taking Benji with them. In the steamy, smoke-filled clubs in and around Cleveland, they find their happiness living the dream with The Barbusters. Patti and Joe live their lives for one hour in the spotlight on stage, and when the lights go down, their world lights up. With hard times in the family and hard knocks on the job, it's hard rock music at night that keeps them alive.Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
Michael McKean plays a guitar player in this film three years after doing so in This Is Spinal Tap (1984). On a graffiti filled wall in a dressing room, the song title "Smell the Glove" is seen on the wall. This is one of Spinal Tap's songs. See more »
[Joe pays Smittie for some tools Patti stole from his brother-in-law]
I like you, you're all right. You've got real family loyalty. Too bad your sister ain't worth it!
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I never enjoyed the cutesy characters they always have Fox portray. Here he does a great job as a "regular", decent guy who is loyal to his family and just wants to know what his dream is. I think that Joan Jett did a fantastic job -- not too many musicians can cross over so well into movies. Fox and Jett are believable as brother and sister and Gena Rowlands is always incredible.
I think this movie was panned because people expect Mr. Fox to be silly and boyish (two things that he wasn't in this movie.) Good for you, Michael.
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