Still Crazy | Chicago Reader

Still Crazy

It's so cool to see a movie about dissipated musicians that's not a satire but a funny and serious drama that makes full use of cliches about rockers even as it creates empathy for characters who transcend stereotype. Fictional former stadium staples Strange Fruit try to make a comeback in 1998, with Stephen Rea as a low-key keyboardist, Timothy Spall as a drummer obsessed with groupies he can no longer attract, Bill Nighy as a fragile front man destined for a breakdown, and Jimmy Nail as a bassist who resents him. Billy Connolly plays the devoted road manager whose voice-overs guide the story, which is peppered with flashbacks to the band's heyday in the late 70s and includes earnest performances of earnest music written by Squeeze lyricist Chris Difford and Foreigner's Mick Jones, among others. Brian Gibson directed a screenplay by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais; with Juliet Aubrey.

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