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  • Summary: Two estranged childhood friends channel their talent and passion for music into a cross-country road trip that brings them face to face with their past on a quest to confront the future. Spyder, a world famous musician whose debut album is a huge hit, retreats to his hometown after his sophomore effort flops. There he reconnects with his former friend and collaborator, Eric Genson, now a middle school music teacher. It’s a reunion that forces the two to recall their youthful ambitions and re-examine the choices they’ve made. Accompanied by legendary rock ’n’ roll impresario August West, Spyder’s raucous crew of musicians, The Lost Soulz, and their
    fiery manager, Rose Atropos, set off on a journey along historic Route 66 in hopes of salvaging a long lost dream and rekindling
    the mojo that made Spyder’s debut album a huge success. (Red Hawk Films)
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  2. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Aug 4, 2011
    50
    Some grace notes and riffs ring true, but mainly it plays like a familiar tune on a broken record.
  2. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Aug 5, 2011
    40
    Those who go looking for tragic relevance in Scott Rosenbaum's debut indie won't find much to grasp onto.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Aug 4, 2011
    40
    Unfortunately, the unconvincing fictional storyline Rosenbaum weaves around this solid musical base hits every meller cliche in the "self-destructive rock star" playbook.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 5, 2011
    40
    A limp piece of fan fiction about a fictional rock band's heyday and decline.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Aug 2, 2011
    30
    The phoniness of their cross-country saga is compounded by a gaggle of cipher sidekicks.
  6. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Aug 5, 2011
    25
    You'd be better off renting "Eddie and the Cruisers" (1983) than slogging through this latest, far more dire recycling of the same rock clichés.
  7. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Aug 2, 2011
    20
    One only hopes that Ruby Dee, Michael K. Williams and the late, great Pinetop Perkins were paid well for their wasted time.

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  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jan 21, 2012
    4
    The Last Highway of Rock 'n' Roll (High & Narrow)

    It's not only that the script sounds written by a college student and the actors look
    fresh out of 1st year grad school, it's that the film lacks the professional cutlery to put this together right. Which makes me wonder, "How'd they get Peter Fonda in this one?" But then I realized, "No, that's harkening back to Peter's former esteem. It is actually quite reasonable that Peter Fonda is in this film." And for that matter, "Way to go, kids on getting Peter Fonda into this film, and way to go Peter Fonda for doing this film!" A solid 2 stars! Two stars and no kick to the nuts implied!

    This movie kind of steps the stones of plot point on the surface of the water, rather than dive into the murky waters and draw up some deeper substance of human material and particulars of story. Many a youngin' in their adolescent years may enjoy this film, therefore, based on the simple narrative itself. That is not to be an insult, ye jaunty pubees. That is just simple fact. So, enjoy!

    (And sorry to those pubes who for one reason or another already find this stuff hack. Coincidentally, it is for this same reason that what would later be labeled "grunge" music suddenly swept the scene of glam rock, which will occur just after the setting of this particular film.)

    One thing this film does do right is frame and light the producer/roadie-girl's body in such a way during one post-coital sex scene as to illuminate her sheer hotness. But that doesn't gain any stars or nuthin'. Seriously, here's the sticking point: the thing that really splits this band apart is over the sole possession of a woman. It is also obvious in this movie that both singer and songwriter NEED each other. So, Why don't you tools be a GOOD friggin' rock band and just SHARE the girl?! You got a bus! Jesus christ...

    But since there are so many movies out there, 2 stars. ... But then again,,,

    "Most men live lives of quiet desperation, and take the songs still in them to the grave."

    One wonders if there's a middle ground in there.

    Two and a half stars. (Out of five.) --- Sonny O'Bicz
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  2. Aug 12, 2011
    0
    The perfect age to Troll 'n' Lol, this movie was not good, there are some things that I like of it, but acting is as terrible as Super mario bross the film itself. Expand