Jersey Boys 2014 R CC

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Clint Eastwood's big screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of the four young men who came together to form the iconic '60s rock group The Four Seasons.

Vincent Piazza, John Lloyd Young
2 hours, 20 minutes

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Genres Drama, Music
Director Clint Eastwood
Starring Vincent Piazza, John Lloyd Young
Supporting actors Steve Schirripa, Christopher Walken, Kathrine Narducci, Lou Volpe, Johnny Cannizzaro, Michael Patrick McGill, Jacqueline Mazarella, Michael Lomenda, Lacey Hannan, Scott Vance, Steve Rankin, Ivar Brogger, Scott Michael Vance, Annika Noelle, Annie O'Donnell, Clint Ward, Michael Butler Murray, Bill Watterson
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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136 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 25, 2014
Format: DVD
"Jersey Boys" (2014 release; 134 min.) is the big screen adaptation of the Broadway show "Jersey Boys", itself loosely based on the life and times of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. As the movie opens, we are in 1951 in Belleville, NJ, where Frankie, then 16, is working in a barber shop. Over the course of the next 45 min., we get to know the other guys who would make up the group that would eventually name itself the Four Seasons (after a bowling alley, if we can believe the movie), and how slowly but surely the band is working towards success. The second half of the movie deals with less music-oriented themes, but focuses more on the tensions within the band and the personal sufferings and even tragedies they experience. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first, I have not seen the Broadway show, so I cannot comment how closely it stays to that, although I am guessing that the dramatic elements have been played up and prolonged for Hollywood purposes (and that's fine by me). Second, the movie is directed (and also produced) by Clint Eastwood. If that surprises you, it really shouldn't as Eastwood is known to be a passionate music aficionado (he not only directed another music bio-pic "Bird" about jazz saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker in the late 80s, but he has also composed the movie score for a number of his movies, including the Oscar-winning "Million Dollar Baby"). I happen to think Eastwood is one of the great director of this age, and at a mere 84 years of age, he's just getting warmed up! The movie is rich with visual details that you just feel are Eastwood's touch. Third, usually in this type of bio-pic, the earlier years tend to be the most interesting ones.
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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By janebbooks on July 7, 2014
Format: DVD
When Francesco Stephen Castelluccio stepped on the stage in Washington, DC a few days ago at the Capitol Fourth celebration of the Fourth of July, he needed no introduction. Shrugging his shoulders and snapping his fingers, he took the mike and began to sing! It was the still strong falsetto voice...the voice of Frankie Valli, the lead singer of the Four Seasons.

In the eight years since the Broadway play of JERSEY BOYS won four Tony Awards including Best Musical, it's been hard to ignore the revival of the Four Seasons' many hits nor the mounting praise for the story of their rise from obscure local band to rock `n' roll sensation. Long before JERSEY BOYS reached its 3487th Broadway performance on April 9, 2014, a movie seemed in the works. Warner Brothers dropped the project but Graham King of GK Films acquired the rights and picked Clint Eastwood to direct.

JERSEY BOYS, the film released on June 20, 2014, tells the story of the rise of The Four Seasons, an American rock and pop singing group, that was formed by three juvenile delinquents: Frankie Valli (Francesco Stephen Castelluccio), the lead singer, Nick Massi, bass guitar and vocals, and Tommy DeVito, lead guitar and baritone vocals, who grew up around Newark, New Jersey in the 1950s. Bob Gaudio, a fellow from the Bronx formerly of the Royal Teens, joined the group in 1960 as tenor vocal on keyboards and wrote most of their early hit songs.

The movie is well cast. John Lloyd Young, the Tony winner and original Broadway cast member, reprises his role as Valli. Erich Bergen as Gaudio, Michael Lomenda as Massi, and Vincent Piazza as DeVito round out the other Four Seasons nicely. The real life character of Gyp Decarlo is played by Christopher Walken.
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91 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Brenda on June 28, 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I don't know if I can put it into words! First, I love the music. Its the music that I grew up on and I was always a huge Frankie Valli fan. Absolutely love his voice! Second, the guys in the movie are excellent choices to play their characters. John Lloyd Young is wonderful in the role of Frankie. I loved the fact that Clint Eastwood had all the music done live for the film and not "canned" stuff that takes away from the magic. I love the way that the movie told the story with insights from each of the characters. I loved Christopher Walken's portrayal of Gyp. I learned quite a few things about my favorite group that I never knew and it just endeared them to me that much more. I understand (from an interview with Frankie Valli) that the group kept much of the "seedier" aspects of their lives private because they were afraid that they would not get recording contracts or get their music heard. And I can see that happening from that period of time. I've seen the movie twice and plan to go again. I have already ordered the DVD to be shipped to me when it is available. I have also downloaded music by John Lloyd Young and I can't stop listening to it. It brings back many memories....
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Fitzpatrick on July 2, 2014
Format: DVD
This is the movie based on the international hit musical show.

It's an entertaining and engaging biopic, telling the story of the Four Seasons musical group, and its members.

The focus of the movie is on telling the story of the band, rather than performance of the music. Nonetheless, several of the Four Seasons hits are presented as part of the story.

Translating a musical from the stage to the screen can be a difficult process. The translation of Jersey Boys has involved a refocussing on the narrative story, rather than the music. I suspect the film is best viewed on its own merits as a biopic, rather than a stage show adapted to the screen. The structure of the story telling has been changed significantly from the stage show (which tells the group's story from the perspective of each member).

I thought the direction by Clint Eastwood was masterful- telling the story in a matter of fact fashion, effectively blending drama, emotion and humor. The interactions between the members of the band - in particular their tensions - are portrayed realistically.

It is an entertaining and well crafted film, which I suspect will satisfy most viewers. The finale is particularly entertaining, featuring all the characters performing together- as in the finale to a stage production.

Incidentally, watch out for Clint Eastwood appearing on a television screen as Rowdy Yates from Rawhide.
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