“I’m perfect! But nobody in this shithole gets me, because I don’t put out!”
Three teens (Diane Lane, Laura Dern, and Marin Kanter) form a punk band called the Stains, and experience a rapid rise and fall in fame.
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this Canadian “musical satire about the meteoric rise and fall of a punk-rock singer” is undeniably “dreary”. Despite director Lou Adler’s attempt to lampoon sycophantic fans and the fragility of fame, there’s surprisingly little to laugh at. On the other hand, the film is noteworthy for anticipating countless mockumentaries to come — plus, as one IMDb contributor notes, “The film predicts the Madonna Wanna-Be craze by years.”
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- An early, pre-Spinal Tap musical mockumentary
- A young, vibrant Ray Winstone as the lead singer of the Looters
- Diane Lane’s petulant portrayal as “Third Degree Burns”
- Laura Dern and Christine Lahti in early roles
No, but it’s recommended.