Young@Heart

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Time Out says

Tue Oct 14 2008

Young @ Heart are a group of pensioners known for unpredictable covers of hits and obscurities from the rock back catalogue. The band has toured extensively, as one member drily notes, ‘from continent to continent, till I became incontinent’. Their cover of The Ramones’ ‘I Wanna Be Sedated’ even received airplay on American radio.

As a documentary, ‘Young@Heart’ is perfectly adequate – interviews with very personable characters interspersed with concert footage and more intimate moments of tragedy, sickness, even death. But director Stephen Walker can’t disguise the fact that Young@Heart are a novelty act, and a pretty dreadful one. Through covers of Sonic Youth, Talking Heads and The Clash, the music is never more than limp karaoke – by which token the filmmakers’ and even audiences’ interest in the band begins to feel more than a little patronising. Sure, these ‘zesty’, ‘lively’ old folks are enjoying themselves. The question is why on earth we should be expected to watch.
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Dan Gilles

Nice review. I think other parts of the film make up for the low quality of the covers, but it's good that someone pointed that out.

Lawrence Everett Forbes

The writer is clearly taking his own ageist issues out on the film and its subjects. It takes a hell of a lot more guts to sing those songs than to write a myopic--not to mention cowardly--review. Since turnabout is fair play, he should tell us why on earth we should heed his lame review.

Lawrence Everett Forbes

The writer is clearly taking his own ageist issues out on the film and its subjects. It takes a hell of a lot more guts to sing those songs than to write a myopic--not to mention cowardly--review. Since turnabout is fair play, he should tell us why on earth we should heed his lame review.

T. V. Rajan

Did this person actually watch the movie? I don't see how anyone would not be moved by this demonstration of joy and persistence in the face of hardship. A lovely, moving tribute to the human spirit. Mr. Huddlestone needs some psychiatric help.

T. V. Rajan

Did this person actually watch the movie? I don't see how anyone would not be moved by this demonstration of joy and persistence in the face of hardship. A lovely, moving tribute to the human spirit. Mr. Huddlestone needs some psychiatric help.

Sam G

What a cynical review! This film is a moving and hilarious tribute to friendship... the people in this choir have a real dignity and embrace their old age with good humour and zeal. The documentary is well constructed and it is obvious the makers have genuine affection and admiration for the choir. Yes, there is a hint of tongue-in-cheekness here. That is the point. They are taking the piss out of themselves and enjoy doing so - songs like Schizophrenia, I Feel Good, I Wanna Be Sedated... quite obviously an element of self-mockery there. But the songs also facilitate some wonderful, transcendant moments. The review above is plain wrong! Tom Huddleston, I fear you may grow up to be a boring pensioner!

Sam G

What a cynical review! This film is a moving and hilarious tribute to friendship... the people in this choir have a real dignity and embrace their old age with good humour and zeal. The documentary is well constructed and it is obvious the makers have genuine affection and admiration for the choir. Yes, there is a hint of tongue-in-cheekness here. That is the point. They are taking the piss out of themselves and enjoy doing so - songs like Schizophrenia, I Feel Good, I Wanna Be Sedated... quite obviously an element of self-mockery there. But the songs also facilitate some wonderful, transcendant moments. The review above is plain wrong! Tom Huddleston, I fear you may grow up to be a boring pensioner!

Annette Laing

Touching and profound look at the power of music to restore meaning to life. Perhaps critic Tom Huddlestone will understand when he grows up.

Annette Laing

Touching and profound look at the power of music to restore meaning to life. Perhaps critic Tom Huddlestone will understand when he grows up.

Kevin Drennan

I LOVE THIS MOVIE! It was the most inspiring thing ever, and though I can see where the reviewer is coming from in terms of musical integrity (I am a professional musician myself), I honestly couldn't care less since the movie isn't about the music, it's about the humanity. Two thumbs up!

Kevin Drennan

I LOVE THIS MOVIE! It was the most inspiring thing ever, and though I can see where the reviewer is coming from in terms of musical integrity (I am a professional musician myself), I honestly couldn't care less since the movie isn't about the music, it's about the humanity. Two thumbs up!

Emily Archer

Take no notice of Huddleston's hardhearted review! Young@Heart is an emotional rollercoaster of a film that cannot fail to charm. It certainly triumphed for Mark Kermode who gave it a 5 Star review on Radio 5 Live on Friday. Huddleston seems to miss the point somewhat; the film doesn't rest entirely on musical ability (although the chorus offer sterling performances both amusing and deeply touching), but more so on the rejuvenating power of music. Far from being patronising, the film serves to amuse and, more importantly, inspire. I am 21 and can only hope to have some of their spirit and endurance at their age. I loved it so much that I'm going again, and taking all my friends!

Emily Archer

Take no notice of Huddleston's hardhearted review! Young@Heart is an emotional rollercoaster of a film that cannot fail to charm. It certainly triumphed for Mark Kermode who gave it a 5 Star review on Radio 5 Live on Friday. Huddleston seems to miss the point somewhat; the film doesn't rest entirely on musical ability (although the chorus offer sterling performances both amusing and deeply touching), but more so on the rejuvenating power of music. Far from being patronising, the film serves to amuse and, more importantly, inspire. I am 21 and can only hope to have some of their spirit and endurance at their age. I loved it so much that I'm going again, and taking all my friends!

Katie Mills

Young @ Heart is an AMAZING film! I saw it for the second time last week at a preview cinema screening and the whole audience really loved it. It's funny, incredibly moving and never sentimental or patronizing. Don't know what this reviewer is on about. A 'perfectly adequate' film? He's obviously not old enough to understand the big questions about life and death in Young @ Heart and hasn't even done his homework (and I have) because when after seeing it first on C4 TV two years ago, I remember that Time Out rated it their 'Film of the Year 2006’ and the reviewer then said: "This film has heart and soul and is a pleasure to watch!' Trust me, on the big screen it's even better.

Katie Mills

Young @ Heart is an AMAZING film! I saw it for the second time last week at a preview cinema screening and the whole audience really loved it. It's funny, incredibly moving and never sentimental or patronizing. Don't know what this reviewer is on about. A 'perfectly adequate' film? He's obviously not old enough to understand the big questions about life and death in Young @ Heart and hasn't even done his homework (and I have) because when after seeing it first on C4 TV two years ago, I remember that Time Out rated it their 'Film of the Year 2006’ and the reviewer then said: "This film has heart and soul and is a pleasure to watch!' Trust me, on the big screen it's even better.

Matthew Doyle

Who would have thought that a choir of 80 year olds singing rock songs could be so wondeful, so funny and at times truly devastating? This film is so good it even made me fall in love with a Coldplay song, though obviously that whiny little rat-boy isn't singing here! Thoroughly recommended!

Matthew Doyle

Who would have thought that a choir of 80 year olds singing rock songs could be so wondeful, so funny and at times truly devastating? This film is so good it even made me fall in love with a Coldplay song, though obviously that whiny little rat-boy isn't singing here! Thoroughly recommended!

peter

"anti-aegist doc"? Wrong. David Fear's shallow analysis betrays the moving and inspiring young@heart. If you can't see the merit of this film, you either have no heart, or are too afraid to show it.

peter

"anti-aegist doc"? Wrong. David Fear's shallow analysis betrays the moving and inspiring young@heart. If you can't see the merit of this film, you either have no heart, or are too afraid to show it.

Janey Herm

This critic should hang his head in shame for misleading the public. From the moment I saw the trail I wanted to see this movie and it is WONDERFUL. It got a standing ovation at the preview and none of us wanted it to end. It's a terrific piece of work - totally inspiring - with a cast of the most extraordinary characters - funny and really life-enhancing.Check out the many incredible reviews on other websites and do go see it and don't listen to this sad, sour, beyond-inane critic who has severely tested my patience with his obnoxious banter.

Janey Herm

This critic should hang his head in shame for misleading the public. From the moment I saw the trail I wanted to see this movie and it is WONDERFUL. It got a standing ovation at the preview and none of us wanted it to end. It's a terrific piece of work - totally inspiring - with a cast of the most extraordinary characters - funny and really life-enhancing.Check out the many incredible reviews on other websites and do go see it and don't listen to this sad, sour, beyond-inane critic who has severely tested my patience with his obnoxious banter.

Rachel Vallens

I saw this movie at the SXSW festival recently. I'm a big music fan so this movie had a lot to live up to for me. It didn't disappoint. The old guys bring a whole new meaning to the lyrics of the songs they sing and if it's not cracking you up, it'll have you in tears. There are these cool music videos they shot specially for the movie - my favorite was them all in an old folks home singing "I wanna be Sedated". If you like music and humor, you'll love this movie.

Rachel Vallens

I saw this movie at the SXSW festival recently. I'm a big music fan so this movie had a lot to live up to for me. It didn't disappoint. The old guys bring a whole new meaning to the lyrics of the songs they sing and if it's not cracking you up, it'll have you in tears. There are these cool music videos they shot specially for the movie - my favorite was them all in an old folks home singing "I wanna be Sedated". If you like music and humor, you'll love this movie.

Wendy Arundel

Wow ... what a bitchy review ! David Fear has totally missed the point of this amazingly touching & poignant movie !! I was lucky enough to see an early screening and, along with the rest of the audience, I cried with laughter & sadness in equal measure & my advice would be to go see Young@Heart for yourself and make your own judgment !

Wendy Arundel

Wow ... what a bitchy review ! David Fear has totally missed the point of this amazingly touching & poignant movie !! I was lucky enough to see an early screening and, along with the rest of the audience, I cried with laughter & sadness in equal measure & my advice would be to go see Young@Heart for yourself and make your own judgment !

Tania Bennett

I've seen this movie already and I loved it. I was pretty unsure about going to see a movie about a bunch of seniors singing rock songs but this totally blew me away. These guys have so much spirit and humor, and since th film follows them over seven weeks of rehearsals, you really get to know and care about them. You couldn't make these guys up! If you're not on your feet when they do their final performance, there must be something wrong with you.

Tania Bennett

I've seen this movie already and I loved it. I was pretty unsure about going to see a movie about a bunch of seniors singing rock songs but this totally blew me away. These guys have so much spirit and humor, and since th film follows them over seven weeks of rehearsals, you really get to know and care about them. You couldn't make these guys up! If you're not on your feet when they do their final performance, there must be something wrong with you.

Paul Taft

This film is totally fabulous! If you listen to this review you will miss one of the best movies of the year. I saw it at a preview screening last week, and it is without doubt one of the funniest, most moving, life-affirming films I've ever seen. I laughed, I cried, and I came out of the theater telling EVERYONE I knew that they had to go and see it. Don't be put off that it's about old people - they are such funny characters, you'll probably want to adopt them all. I liked it so much I'm paying to see it again tonight!

Paul Taft

This film is totally fabulous! If you listen to this review you will miss one of the best movies of the year. I saw it at a preview screening last week, and it is without doubt one of the funniest, most moving, life-affirming films I've ever seen. I laughed, I cried, and I came out of the theater telling EVERYONE I knew that they had to go and see it. Don't be put off that it's about old people - they are such funny characters, you'll probably want to adopt them all. I liked it so much I'm paying to see it again tonight!