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Sing Street (2016)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 17 March 2016 (Ireland)
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A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.

Director:

John Carney

Writers:

Simon Carmody (story), John Carney (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 15 wins & 42 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ferdia Walsh-Peelo ... Conor
Kelly Thornton ... Ann
Maria Doyle Kennedy ... Penny
Jack Reynor ... Brendan
Aidan Gillen ... Robert
Ian Kenny ... Barry
Ben Carolan Ben Carolan ... Darren
Percy Chamburuka Percy Chamburuka ... Ngig
Mark McKenna ... Eamon
Don Wycherley Don Wycherley ... Brother Baxter
Des Keogh Des Keogh ... Brother Barnabas
Kian Murphy Kian Murphy ... Mick Mahon
Dolores Mullally Dolores Mullally ... Dinner Lady
Lucy Boynton ... Raphina
Marcella Plunkett ... Eamon's Mum
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Storyline

As everybody moves to the beat of Pop music in early-1980s-Dublin, the sensitive teenager, Conor, struggles to cope with a tense family relationship; reconnect with his older brother, Brendan, and, above all, deal with the hostile environment in his new public school. Then, one day, he sees her. Tall, with long chestnut hair, a buttery complexion, and big, dark eyes; an enigmatically beautiful girl standing in front of the school's gate, indolently observing people passing by. To get noticed by the distant girl, Raphina, Conor enlists the help of a group of teenage dreamers to form a band--and, surprisingly--with every lyric he writes, the gap narrows, and with every song he plays, her heart brims with affection. Now, before a sea of opportunities, what does the future hold for a brave love like this? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Boy meets girl. Girl unimpressed. Boy starts band.

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including strong language and some bullying behavior, a suggestive image, drug material and teen smoking | See all certifications »

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Trivia

While there are similarities to The Commitments (1991) (including the casting of Maria Doyle Kennedy), director John Carney has explicitly stated in an interview with The Verge that no homage to that film was intended. He also debunked the notion that the use of rabbits in Sing Street is a reference to the character Jimmy Rabbitte in the earlier film. Rather, it was a characteristic of the real-life "Eamon" that he knew as a teenager. See more »

Goofs

When the Lawlor family watches the "Rio" music video, Ann asks Brendan "Who is that guitarist" (John Taylor). Brendan responds he is cute, and teases her, but says John Taylor is a bassist, not a guitarist. The video does not show either instrument, and since Ann had never heard of Duran Duran, it is impossible for her to know that he is a guitarist, or a bassist, or whatever. See more »

Quotes

Raphina: [to Brendan] You should come and visit us. You seem like a mad bastard.
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Crazy Credits

For Brothers Everywhere. See more »

Connections

Featured in 74th Golden Globe Awards (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Axel F
Written by Harold Faltermeyer
Published by Sony/ATV Harmony
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User Reviews

 
The movie you've always wanted if you were a teen in the '80s!
16 July 2016 | by VLHdelaParraSee all my reviews

I'm happy to grade this movie a full blast 10. I was a teenager in 1985 in the last private Catholic Boarding School left in Mexico City. I relate to the strict uniform policy, the angry and imperfect young Catholic brothers still guessing their vocations, the old professors teaching materials for yester years, the canteen food, hiding Walkman radios and sunglasses, talking about bands across the ocean, the girls who wanted to be older and the fashion. This is a happy sad movie, that will keep you tapping and asking why aren't all movies like this. The script is very very smart, the casting couldn't be wiser. Lucy Boynton does an amazing job. The art direction is so precise you can imagine the smell of the flats. The awesome cars. What a great movie!!

Don't miss this!!!


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Country:

Ireland | UK

Language:

English | French | Latin

Release Date:

17 March 2016 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,573, 17 April 2016

Gross USA:

$3,237,118

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,624,522
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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