Killer Diller Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ September 14, 2010
Very good movie!! Yet another one of those "quirky" movies that I got a kick out of. I like alot of movies that are based around music, but this one also had a very good cast and storyline.
Super Reviewer
August 29, 2010
The music is amazing. Funny and uplifting. Great cast who really played out their characters well. Lucas Black deserves something for his radiant performance. Loved the Plymouth!
Super Reviewer
½ February 28, 2010
A pretty silly send up of a group of young people who are apparently sentenced to an alternative to jail for their minor infractions. The real star of this however is the music. Some strong blues performances supposedly played by these delinquents kept this from being a total waste of time. The story itself seemed to lack focus. Was it supposed to be about Vernon (Lucas Black), an autistic young man, finding his place in the world and gaining his father's approval in the process? Was it about the conflict between two brothers, played by Fred Willard and John Michael Higgins over control of a small Baptist College? What was the deal with setting the story there, anyway? Or, was it supposed to be about a group of troubled teenagers finding redemption in coming together to play the Blues? Any of those various storylines could easily have served as the central theme, but by trying to develop all three, the film felt diluted and incomplete. We never really got a feel for what was driving any of these stories. It could be that this viewer demands too much from a comedy (this is no drama, despite the NF category definition) but I know it is possible to make a funny film that tells a good story as well. If not for the music, this just might have been unwatchable. Keb' Mo' only has a bit part and contributes no music to the film, while Taj Mahal only appears at the beginning and briefly at the end.
Super Reviewer
May 13, 2014
Predictable, but heart warming and makes you feel good inside. Stunning performance from both Scott and Black.
June 5, 2010
Very entertaining. A bit slow in the beginning but funny, endearing, and really great music. I recommend it.
December 11, 2009
Great acting and music, Lucas Black gives a terrific performance. It does get a bit tiring after an hour, and there is a predictability to it but overall it?s a rewarding film to watch.
March 4, 2008
A real killer diller, can really play, according to Vernon (Lucas Black), an austic savant at piano, who crosses paths with Wesley (William Lee Scott), a car thief sent in a halfway house. Wesley has a way of getting into trouble, but this time, manages to get something right, by striking up a friendship with Vernon, and turning the halfway house gospel group into a rockin band. The music is real killer diller, the acting engaging, and the crisis is plotted out very realistically. Scott and Black both do outstanding jobs in their roles, and they have chemistry as unlikely friends; you believe the bond. W. Earl Brown is equally believable as the gruff, loving father who does what he can to love and protect his son. Fred Willard, as the director of the halfway house, provides comic relief by believing in his mission to help the kids and in joyfully spiting his brother, who doesn't think a bunch of criminals belong in their community.
January 27, 2008
This movie was a surprise. I hadn't heard much about it, but you'll laugh and the music is really good.
May 13, 2014
(***): Thumbs Up

Good music and a good performance from Lucas Black. Worth seeking out.
Super Reviewer
May 13, 2014
Predictable, but heart warming and makes you feel good inside. Stunning performance from both Scott and Black.
May 13, 2014
Great acting and music, Lucas Black gives a terrific performance. It does get a bit tiring after an hour, and there is a predictability to it but overall it?s a rewarding film to watch.
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