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  • Summary: Adam and Morello have a big problem. It’s not that Adam is the heartthrob lead singer in a famous electropop band or that his girlfriend is a spoiled supermodel. His problem is Morello’s problem. Morello’s problem isn’t that she’s lead singer in a struggling post-punk riot girl band or that she’s dating a banker. No, her problem is that she has to perform the biggest gig of her life at a music festival while handcuffed to the kind of person she totally despises – Adam. So begins an out-there odd-ball romantic comedy filled with lust, mud, betrayal, booze, portaloos and a hundred thousand people partying to the greatest music in the world. None of whom seems to have the key - not to the meaning of life - but to the handcuffs. (Roadside Attractions) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    May 10, 2012
    70
    The look, the rhythm and the scruffy, on-the-fly ambience of the film make it feel unusually fresh and lively. It may be the same old song, but it's also a catchy remix.
  2. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    May 11, 2012
    63
    It's a nice, mud-free way to spend a bit of time rocking out in the rain with the Scots.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    May 12, 2012
    60
    If the film is to work at all - and it eventually does - the two 27-year-old leads must radiate enough star quality to obviate the ramshackle plot. They just about do.
  4. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    May 8, 2012
    40
    You can go to one of those sweaty, immersive outdoor music fests and get splattered with the mud and euphoria that always engulfs fans. Or you can cheap out and see this predictable rom-com-shot at the 2010 edition of Scotland's then-in-progress T in the Park­-and boggle at finding strangers in the audience more appealing than our main characters.
  5. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    May 10, 2012
    40
    It's hard to imagine this was his intent, but David Mackenzie's minor romp manages to make being a rock star look like a distinctly unglamorous affair.
  6. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    May 8, 2012
    40
    The authenticity baked into the production doesn't redeem the absurdly improbable premise, the attractive actors don't do anything to make the caricatures they're playing feel real, and the aggressive hipness of the film is queasily dated - it's the cinematic equivalent of the clearance corner at Urban Outfitters.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 5, 2012
    20
    A jaw-droppingly self-indulgent, shallow, smug if mercifully brief feature with a plot that looks like the outline for a pop video.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 4, 2013
    6
    Two musicians met on a festival, but initially they don't like each other. Some mysterious guy hold'em with handcuffs and they are forced to get to know and eventually fall in love. This is a simple story about genuine connection and finding the true love wherever it is to surprise us. May not be an elaborate script, but the inherent feeling grabs us to an emotional and rocknroll action style transporting to the festival spirit. Collapse