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Satisfaction (1988)

Justine Bateman , Liam Neeson , Joan Freeman  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Justine Bateman, Liam Neeson, Trini Alvarado, Scott Coffey, Britta Phillips
  • Directors: Joan Freeman
  • Writers: Charles Purpura
  • Producers: Aaron Spelling, Alan Greisman, Armyan Bernstein, Ilene Chaiken, Robert Alden
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X75OC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,887 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Satisfaction" on IMDb

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  • Includes widescreen anamorphic and full-screen versions
  • "Satisfaction" music video

Editorial Reviews

It's hard to believe there was ever a time when Justine Bateman was a bigger star than Julia Roberts, but Satisfaction is the evidence of that brief moment. It's also a movie unjustly maligned, perhaps because it's a little more frank about the sexuality of young women than older male movie critics find comfortable. Jennie Lee (Bateman, Family Ties) and her band (Roberts, soon to become one of the biggest movies stars in the world; Trini Alvarado, Little Women; Britta Phillips, later to be the bassist for the rock band Luna; and Scott Coffey, the only actor to appear in both Ferris Bueller's Day Off and David Lynch's Mulholland Drive) go to a beach town where they get a gig playing in a club run by a former songwriter (Liam Neeson, Schindler's List). Over the course of a summer, they fall in love, have sex, and play rock and roll--but the tone and texture of the movie is more American Graffiti than Girls Just Want to Have Fun. Perhaps because Satisfaction was directed by a woman, the girls are startlingly well drawn and distinct, despite the movie's episodic nature. Surprisingly, the music has some grit to it, perhaps because it was produced by the legendary Steve Cropper (of Booker T. and the MGs). Even more surprising, Roberts doesn't pop out as a future star; watching Satisfaction, you could imagine that anyone in this strong ensemble--even Justine Bateman--could go on to great things (if anyone stands out, it's Britta Phillips, who then dropped out of movies altogether). Satisfaction is not profound, but it is more honest and nonjudgmental about the messiness of life, youth, and love than the overwhelming majority of teen movies. Debbie Harry has a brief but memorable cameo. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

When a four-girl, one-guy rock group called The Mystery gets its first gig at a club, it's not just a chance to perform, it's also an opportunity to get out of the inner city¿and see what life is all about. Fresh out of high school, the group spends the summer playing a club in an exclusive beach resort. There they find romance, adventure and, for the lead singer Jennie Lee (Bateman), a dilemma: to pursue her budding career or return to school. Liam Neeson and Julia Roberts co-star.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music! October 17, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
What a cast of actors--Justine Bateman, Liam Neeson and Julia Roberts. The music is perfect and the story is pure fun. This movie was an unexpected pleasure and well worth watching more than once!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The rock band dream... 80's girl style January 11, 2006
Satisfaction... is it goofy? Yes. Dated? Definitely 80's. Light/Fluffy? Yes. Bad acting? I bet Julia Roberts would pay to have her scenes erased forever. All of these questions miss the point however!! The appropriate question about this movie should be, "Is it FUN?", and the answer is "Oh yeah!".

Like day time talk shows, comic books, and that old Poison album hiding in the back of your closet, this movie is a guilty pleasure to be enjoyed, but never admitted to! If you are in, or just really like rock bands, this movie is even better (almost inspirational). It's a fun romp with a young (mosly girl) band who land the ultimate gig at a summer beach resort. Music, mayhem, and rock band movie cliches ensue. The humor is funny.... the "drama" is even funnier (the lead guitarist breaks her drug addiction in one day, because the band tells her to!)! Be sure to look for Debbie Harry (Blondie), who turns in the movie's best acting performance in a five minute cameo. The soundtrack is strangely good (retro 80's), and the "band" in the movie actually performs on it! See the movie, and you will have no doubt that Justine Bateman sang her own vocals... which may or may not be a good thing!

If you've ever strummed an electric guitar, or just dreamed of rocking out and hitting the road with your friends, you must see this movie!!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historic first performances lead to greatness September 13, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
It is just an OK film until you realize that Liam Neeson (Michael Collins & Star Wars) and Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman) were engaged to be married during the making of this film, Britta Phillips was cartoon vocals for JEM and Justine Bateman was starting fresh from Family Ties. Filmed in Charleston, SC, it is full of great backdrops. The acting is weak at times and the story is predictable. Trini Alvarado gives a believable performance. Still, it is fun to watch how these actors have grown. Lots of fun for a Saturday afternoon viewing and a must for true fans of Julia Roberts.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SATISFACTION IS THE RADDEST MoViE!! October 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
SATISFACTION is the best movie in the universe!! The music hella rocks...and I love Billie (Britta Phillips ~JEM~)...she is such an awesome character!! I love the way she sang "Mr. Big Stuff" and "God Bless the Child." This movie is really fun and exciting to watch for people of all ages--especially rock 'n' roll fans!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars satisfaction June 15, 2009
I have enjoyed this movie since it first came out. I'm from SC, near the Charleston beaches, and the fact that this was filmed on Isle of Palms just makes the whole movie even cooler. I went to the original Windjammer (where the band in the move played) before Hurricane Hugo took it out in 1989. They built a bigger and better Jammer, but the old one has never been forgotten. I got this movie for my dad's birthday. He just loves Julia Roberts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars love 80's movies July 30, 2006
i am a big fan of the 80's movie even though most are a bit corny. And the same goes for this one at times but i love it. You get to see Julia Roberts and a younger Liam Neeson which is great. Also has a pretty good sound track and Justine Bateman does a good job of lip-syncing. Save when it looks as if she is gonna eat the mic. Over all is a good movie. Hope this review helped. Enjoy the movie.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie with outstanding cast! October 28, 2005
This is a really underated movie. I have always listed it among my favorites because it is simply fun and well done. Great performances by stars Justine Bateman and Liam Niesen not to mention the supporting characters (including Julia Roberts and a cameo by Deborah Harry), but Britta Phillips steals the show as Billy. This film was the first place I was made aware of her vocal talents, but as it turns out she was also the singing voice of 80's cartoon idol Jem!. She later went on to play with a number of bands in the UK (Belltower) and NY (Luna). This film is really worthwile for the music (which is fun and amatuerish, most sung by Justine Bateman), the story (which is dramatic and comedic as necessary) and the cast (who are all give top rank performances).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it as a "kid" November 15, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I was 17 when I saw this movie for the first time. My best friend and I loved it, and we both bought the Soundtrack (on casette tape!). I can't find my copy, and I would die to know how to get one. I have looked everywhere. We loved this movie for the simplicity that it was. It's definitely no Oscar-winner, but it's fun, and easy to watch. The singing and songs are all enjoyable. I recommend it highly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
Satisfaction belongs to that category of films that are so bad they are great. Satisfaction never stops delivering the laughs- from Justine's FU valedictory speech, to the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jar137
3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfaction Guaranteed
When a 4-girl, 1-guy rock group called "The Mystery" gets its first gig at a club, it's not just a chance to perform, it's also an opportunity to get out of the inner city and see... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Taheen Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Satisfaction!
This is 80's movie! It is one of my favs. An oldie but a goodie! You'll love it. Justine Bateman plays the part great!
Published 4 months ago by Cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
I love this movie!!! This a great chick flick for any girl that likes music or just a good movie to watch by yourself or with your friends! Thanks!
Published 8 months ago by Rhonda Stahl
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfaction
Very good movie, liked the era. Good to see some of the actors in their earlier years. Was fun, but also makes you think, too. Also, their rock band was surprisingly good.
Published 13 months ago by Doris Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
i grew up watching this movie so its nice to have it on DVD the video is nice and clear
Published 15 months ago by Cody R
3.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie!
This is one of my favorite movies from the 80's. It's a bit awkward to watch to but has true grit. I was probably the one person who bought the soundtrack on cassette. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Heather
3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfaction
Just a mindless, no-brainier film...but I liked the music and it is better than about 80% of the crap on TV these days.
Published 17 months ago by rocj
5.0 out of 5 stars what movies should be, entertainment!
I've loved this movie since I was young enough to not care what was corney and wound up growing up to not care what people considered corney as long as i liked it. Read more
Published on August 15, 2011 by toby
1.0 out of 5 stars Bleah
Bad acting, dumb storyline, bad script, bad lip-syncing. A bunch of privileged, pretty actresses pretending they're tough rockers. VERY unconvincing.
Published on July 21, 2011 by M. Bergen
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