Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?

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  • Summary: This British satire takes a comic, musical look back at Northern England in the 1970's.
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  1. Reviewed by: Emma Cochrane
    40
    Most unforgivably, the period detail is all over the place and the punk/disco soundtrack a real hotch potch, leaving this a story with no real sense of time or place.
  2. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    40
    Pic's busy direction and bright performances partly compensate for a script that goes in too many directions at the same time.
  3. Properly handled, any one of these characters could be made, just barely, believable. But here they simply go off, like rockets, exploding out of nowhere and racing across the screen, one after the other.
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  1. AlderinO.
    Aug 17, 2006
    9
    What a pleasant surprise! This movie is infectuous with its John Travolta disco dancing, it's thumping 1970's soundtrack, its What a pleasant surprise! This movie is infectuous with its John Travolta disco dancing, it's thumping 1970's soundtrack, its exaggerated but lovable characters (it is satire afterall...), and the set designs are colorful and capture the mood perfectly. Most impressive, however, was the sub-story about the psychic dad who has the power of telekinesis, who as a kid accidently exploded a turtle. Watch the beauty as tightly woven personalities unravel as the once thought impossible becomes a reality they can't handle. I smiled throughout this movie and took pause to reflect upon the modern day tightly woven personalities constantly trying to tell us what's real and what's not, fearful of the masses actually exploring their world and deciding for themselves. Explore this movie. It's satire at its best. It will challenge you to look at yourself in the context of the silly cultural icons you currently identify with and ask you to define yourself without them. Expand

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