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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Aug 30 2011

Sparky, knock-about performances by recognisable TV actors Jack O’Connell (‘Skins’) and Henry Lloyd-Hughes (‘The Inbetweeners’) spare the blushes in this run-of-the-mill Brit film about the early ’90s rave scene. The pair play best mates, a couple of likely lads putting on warehouse parties– breaking into abandoned factories and commandeering the services of a pirate radio DJ. Before long, the bin-liners of cash they’re taking on the door attract the attentions of a shady wide-boy drug dealer and local goons demanding protection money. It’s like a grown-up ‘Byker Grove’: one of the lads is a hedonistic scally; the other has got his head screwed on. A girl comes between them. Not for long. From the opening voiceover to the out-of-their-heads party scenes, it’s utterly generic. You could swap the smiley faces for CND badges, the ecstasy for acid, and it would all pass as the first summer of love.
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15

UK release:

Fri Sep 2, 2011

Duration:

90 mins

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Wow, yet again Time Out trashes a smart, sparky brit film. The magazine seems hate the idea of commercial films aimed at the under 30's market! I thought it was spot on

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Wow, yet again Time Out trashes a smart, sparky brit film. The magazine seems hate the idea of commercial films aimed at the under 30's market! I thought it was spot on

hush

as far as I,m concerned the film was cool it gave an idea as to how impulsive and mental the seen was whether it be rave , acid hordcare ,jungle , it all came from the same thinking of the freedom to party and the music was mad mental and still brings a big gurning grin to my face just thinking and listening to it even now , and whether it be 1988-89 or later ,cos it was a time when girls stoped dancing round there handbags and when white man found out he could dance lol so ......... does it really matter on being anal about dates , cos if you can remember then you really was not there .

hush

as far as I,m concerned the film was cool it gave an idea as to how impulsive and mental the seen was whether it be rave , acid hordcare ,jungle , it all came from the same thinking of the freedom to party and the music was mad mental and still brings a big gurning grin to my face just thinking and listening to it even now , and whether it be 1988-89 or later ,cos it was a time when girls stoped dancing round there handbags and when white man found out he could dance lol so ......... does it really matter on being anal about dates , cos if you can remember then you really was not there .

Kia

It's an enjoyable romp. I knew what to expect and it brought a smile to my face, reminiscing about the music at least. I still play some of it! I knew people who went to these parties... hung about before they set out... unfortunately I was too chicken to go. I was only 16 in 1990 so I have a bit of an excuse! And this brought back regret. Jealousy..? But I'm still waiting for this amazing time to be brought to life in film in a realistic manner. The portrayal of the police was just rubbish. And as mentioned there are a number of errors. Aspects of the music has been mentioned. Also, the drug of choice in those days was acid rather than MDMA. The E explosion came later, in my experience around '92.. All good fun but I'm left still wanting a worthy story about the period. Maybe the producers could have looked through the short story anthology "Disco Biscuits" and obtained some inspiration but, alas, it's a bit late now.

Francesca

I was living in Manchester & Leeds from 1989 to 1993 (from age 18 to age 22) - I thought this film was a brilliant recreation of that time - Some of the tunes came a bit later but the soundtrack was amazing - brought back loads of memories for me and my friend (both in our 40s now!) - Jack O'Connell plays his part brilliantly right down to the bowl cut hairdo and football gear - I was also part of Ibiza '90 - I feel that this film represents the time just before the rave scene went overground and people started to make huge amounts of money from drugs and ripping people off - Anybody who was up north in '90 and part of this scene will know what I mean - a cracking film - brought a real smile to our faces. Freedom to party :)

Rob Peyton

well I've just seen it, loved it! I was at Primary school when the film is set so no expert on the period by any means, but it felt like they got the period right, what with the music and clothes. But it had a contemporary buzz about it as well. It's a film that's been made to just entertain, I think the reviewer kind of missed the point...shame

Rob Peyton

well I've just seen it, loved it! I was at Primary school when the film is set so no expert on the period by any means, but it felt like they got the period right, what with the music and clothes. But it had a contemporary buzz about it as well. It's a film that's been made to just entertain, I think the reviewer kind of missed the point...shame

Katie G

well I've seen it and was thoroughly entertained, its not a documentary on the music as some of these comments seem to want, just a fun journey of two lads who get caught up in the rave/ club scene. If you bother to watch the film you'll see why the (fantastic) music spans a few years!!

John

I don't think you get it, done of them tracks are actually acidhouse is that trailer, acidhouse was and still is a sound, if the film was advertised as 90s rave culture, well then ye ok, but they mention in mixmag its about the explosion of acidhouse in the Manchester in 1990, if Terry Farley is consulting on the music he's after getting it horribly wrong, one track that springs to mind on the trailer is nikoli - are you ready flow, that didn't come out till about 93-94 an certainly isnt acidhouse in any shape form or size

Peter

Why give one star based on the trailer!? Just bought the CD which is complied by Terry Farley no less.....seems the film has got all the tracks from the trailer...so I'll defer to Mr F's expertise!

Peter

Why give one star based on the trailer!? Just bought the CD which is complied by Terry Farley no less.....seems the film has got all the tracks from the trailer...so I'll defer to Mr F's expertise!

Paul

And I forgot to mention none of the tracks in the trailer are actually acid house so who ever picked the music in the trailer hasn't got a clue, where's the squelch of 303, think phuture- acid trax, or armando - land of confusion