The Boat That Rocked

The Boat That Rocked

The Boat That Rocked

Sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll and the swinging '60s are up for a laugh in Richard Curtis' (Love Actually) feelgood ensemble comedy. It's about Radio Rock - one of the boats used to exploit a legal loophole and broadcast parent-baiting pop and rock 'n' roll to the UK from somewhere in the North Sea in the 1960s.

Stars Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost (Shaun Of The Dead/Hot Fuzz), Rhys Darby (Flight Of The Conchords) and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

2009Rating: M, contains offensive language and nudity135 minsUK
Comedy

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The Boat That Rocked / Reviews

Variety

Variety

For a script that relies more on character-driven than situational comedy, it’s the performances that count, and these are thankfully strong.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

Riddled with music of an era that reverberates with baby boomers and will lift its interest value. A little stretched and not always focused, the payoff is nevertheless a big one, with an uplifting sequence that perhaps should have been the ending.

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Total Film

Total Film

Curtis hangs situation and character comedy on a homage to rock’n’roll. That would be fine if it were funny, but auto-pilot Curtis prevails.

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Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

It's as sickening as seven-metre swells on the Cook Strait ferry ride. And, at 129 minutes, almost as long.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

It playlists to starboard. It playlists to port. It still doesn't rock.

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Newshub

Newshub

The film was about an hour too long, the humour hit and miss, the set-ups too obvious and the disappointment immense.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A mix-tape of successes and failures, perhaps too light for its subject, but a silly, easy watch.

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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

In between slumping deeper into my seat and muttering "Oh, for gawd's sake" at the film's ever more nakedly manipulative twists and turns, I still found myself enjoying the performances, the music, and the whole infectious likeability that Richard Curtis (Love Actually) brings to his projects.

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