The Kids Are Alright | Chicago Reader

The Kids Are Alright

Drummer Keith Moon, the clown prince of the Who, died shortly before this 1979 documentary was released, and though his surviving bandmates are still going through the motions, The Kids Are Alright is the group's proper epitaph. Teenage fan and filmmaking novice Jeff Stein slapped together concert footage, TV appearances, and ancient promo films, connecting them with farcical interview sequences and a rousing live performance shot on a British soundstage. Like the Who in their prime, the result is loud, chaotic, and funny; Stein captures the band's fury but also its warped sense of humor, which ran all through its early singles but mostly lay dormant throughout its later grandiose rock operas. With Tommy Smothers, Steve Martin, Ken Russell, and Ringo Starr. PG, 108 min.

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