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Roadie [Blu-ray]

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Jimmy, a longtime roadie for the legendary Blue Oyster Cult, has been fired by the band. With nowhere else to go, he returns home to see his aging mom in Forest Hills, Queens, where a wild encounter with two old high school friends shows him that some things never change.

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  • Actors: Ron Eldard, Jill Hennessy, Bobby Cannavale
  • Directors: Michael Cuesta
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006KH6D6C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,257 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By petesea on January 7, 2012
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Jimmy was a roadie for Blue Oyster Cult all his adult life who has - painfully and wrongfully according to him - been fired by the band and left by them somewhere in the wilds of Michigan. With nowhere else to go, he makes his way back home to Queens where he has not been since his father's death many, many years before. He has barely spoken with his mother in the interim and now he overstates his role with the band to her - manager, writer, producer, etc. He tries to collect himself to deal with this massive setback, but he is not making the situation any better with angry calls to the band's actual manager.

I think that roadie is one of the coolest jobs in the world next to rock star and Jimmy does as well. I, too, would have major problems dealing with his rude awakening after so many years and the loss of his livelihood and dream.

Out for some butter for his Mom's famous tuna melts, Jimmy runs into a high school classmate who is and was quite a butthead who is now married to Jimmy's first love, Nikki. Jimmy and Nikki wind up back in his boyhood room which is untouched by time and looks like a "rock and roll museum" according to Nikki.

Out of his vinyl record collection, Nikki pulls out Ratcity In Blue by, local 70s favorites, the Good Rats and they listen to a couple of tracks. This brings back memories of seeing the band every Saturday night with their friend Steph - who passed away unbeknownst to Jimmy.

This movie is about real people, with lots of issues, who love music and are dealing with some very real problems.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Questio Verum on May 19, 2012
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I'll admit a bias here: I'm a small-town guy who headed to Hollywood to pursue my musical dreams. As it turns out, this movie had little to do with music and musicians--it had a lot to do with a man returning home to the neighborhood of his youth, lost, and in that it succeeded wonderfully.

It's no surprise some have labeled Roadie "slow" or "boring"--character studies eschew the busy-ness of plot-driven movies for the subtle, the understatement. There were many moments in the film where I expected it to decay into melodrama or the big message, and above all I applaud the writer(s) and director for avoiding that. This is Death of a Salesman type fare, a story about a man who thought he knew what his life was about suddenly faced with a new, harsh reality. For some, life plays out in big dramatic moments--cancer, heart attack, accident--but for many more it plays out in small pieces of entropy, and that's the case here.

Certainly my small town background and four musicians in a Ford Econline musical career played into my appreciation of Roadie. I realized many of my dreams on a small scale, and I appreciate that every day, but there is a bittersweet quality to what was left on the table, so to speak. I belief this movie can speak to anyone who's returned to the place of their childhood to find so many of the same dynamics are still in play. The same thing goes for anyone who set out believing they knew where they were going, only to find out one day the detours are too many to count, the triumphs counterweighted by lost opportunities, whether willingly set aside or forced to the side by "reality"--job, money, marriage, kids or even lack of skill/talent.

If you need the big message or the hopeful ending you will be disappointed.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jim Clark on April 4, 2012
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By Jim Clark, publisher Lee County Courier, Tupelo, MS

Jimmy Testagross (Ron Eldard) has been living his dream for over 20 years. He has been a roadie for Blue Oyster Cult. The key words are "has been." Blue Oyster Cult has quit filling large arenas and have cut back on equipment and personnel. Jimmy is a victim of that downsizing.
Since Jimmy doesn't have any other skill sets he limps back home to his mother.
He hasn't seen her or talked to her since his father died. She is developing Dementia. The band continues to tour in South America but Jimmy's repeated calls go unanswered.
After seeing what has happened to his mom he makes up a more successful Jimmy. He says he's become the band's manager, even produced and written some songs for them and is simply visiting before he must get on the road again because, "they are lost without him."
Downtrodden he walks into town to get a drink. There he becomes reacquainted with his longtime nemesis Randy Stevens (Bobby Cannavale) who has inherited his dad's car lot and married the girl, Nikki (Jill Hennessy) who Jimmy uses to pine for. I should say still pines for.
The problem is Jimmy never grew up. He still harbours the regrets and frustrations that he's carried with him. The road was the only thing that gave him a feeling of normal ... his only true home. Now he's forced to make a life changing decision - either step up, tell the truth and take on the responsibility of his ailing mother or continue to live a lie.
This is a neat little drama filled with great music.
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