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Rated R · 132 minutes · 2014
There’s an interesting story behind Rock n' Roll Hall of Famers Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. They turned it into a wildly successful Broadway musical, which has been adapted for the screen by Clint Eastwood. It's an odd, odd mix. "Jersey Boys" feels like it's still on stage, which is rarely if ever a good experience. Eastwood doesn't seem to have a lot of passion for the project, which should be nothing but passion, and there are small technical things (green screen distortion in the film's one driving scene, horrible makeup to age the characters) that make the film seem not worth the director’s effort. The music is the highlight, but you know that going in. There's really not much to recommend "Jersey Boys" other than the performance of Erich Bergen as Four Seasons songwriter Bob Gaudio and the fact that tickets are cheaper than seeing this on stage.
Official Site: www.jerseyboysmovie.com
Director: Clint Eastwood
Producer: Clint Eastwood, Graham King, Robert Lorenz, Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tim Moore, Tim Headington, James Packer, Brett Ratner and Steven Mnuchin
Cast: John Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza, Christopher Walken, Mike Doyle, Renée Marino, Erica Piccininni, Joseph Russo, Donnie Kehr, Katherine Narducci, Steven Schirripa, Johnny Cannizzaro, Louis Lombardi, James Madio, Jeremy Luke and Lacey Hannan

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LA Weekly Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys Is Way More Realistic Than the Stage Version If you think summer movies are clamorous, try a current Broadway musical. Watching Jersey Boys onstage is like soldiering through some extreme eating contest where you're force-fed dessert for three hours. It's all falsetto heroics and hustled-through character drama, every beat of every scene over-scored, over-rehearsed and overbearing. And it's... by Alan Scherstuhl 06/19/2014
Creative Loafing Charlotte Jersey Boys occasionally off-key Rating: **1/2 by Matt Brunson 06/27/2014
Inlander The Boys’ Band Clint Eastwood takes the Four Seasons to the big screen without missing a beat by Ed Symkus 06/18/2014
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Portland Mercury Jazz Hands? Or SAD HANDS? I love all musicals, including Jersey Boys. Sue me, dickheads. by Elinor Jones 06/18/2014
NUVO Jersey Boys: Oh, what a drag Clint Eastwood turns the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys into a standard-issue biopic. At least Christopher Walken is good. by Ed Johnson-Ott 06/25/2014
Connect Savannah Review: Jersey Boys An excellent filmmaker when it comes to pensive, low-key dramas, Clint Eastwood never quite locates the proper beat for this tale. by Matt Brunson 07/02/2014

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