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Roadie (2012)



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Canned from a 20-year job as roadie for Blue Oyster Cult, Jimmy is broke and desperate. With nowhere else to go, he returns home to Forest Hills, Queens to visit his aging mother, where a wild night with some hard-partying high school friends shows him that some things never change. From director Michael Cuesta, Roadie features powerful performances from Ron Eldard, Bobby Cannavale, Jill Hennessy and a refreshingly eclectic 70s hard rock soundtrack. -- (C) Magnoliamore
Rating: R (for pervasive language and some drug content)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Cuesta, Gerald Cuesta
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 20, 2012
Box Office: $7.6k
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


David Margulies
as Don Muller
Catherine Wolf
as Marilyn Muller
Gary W. Cruz
as Hispanic Store Owner
Lourdes Martin
as Female Cop
Jarleth Conroy
as Wes, Motel Clerk
Lynne Lipton
as Waitress
Sammy Rhee
as Korean Man in Liquor...
Obaid Kadwani
as Taxi Driver
Brandon Reilly
as Young Jimmy
K.C. Hughes
as Young Nikki
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Critic Reviews for Roadie

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (13)

A lot of what takes place in "Roadie" feels overly familiar, and the film could have been a wallow in pathos except for the performances, especially that of Eldard.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The hugely sympathetic Eldard ("Super 8") gives this slim movie a real, beating heart.

Full Review… | January 20, 2012
Top Critic

While the excellent cast does its level, honest best with the material, the material itself feels secondhand throughout.

Full Review… | January 6, 2012
MSN Movies
Top Critic

"Roadie" is short on narrative momentum, but it's a perfectly attuned character study of this rock relic and his middle-aged sorrows.

Full Review… | January 6, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

Roadie has the stench of freshman-year mandatory creative writing all over it, from its cribs of Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller to an ending that's embarrassingly, clangingly metaphorical.

Full Review… | January 5, 2012
Top Critic

Mr. Eldard, who brings layers of complication to his character, makes Jimmy's vulnerability palpable, while Ms. Hennessy shows you her character's carelessness and opportunism.

Full Review… | January 5, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Roadie

The story of a 'could have been' rock star, that ended up as a roadie for 20 years. Not a very eventful film. A little on the slow side. All in all, not much to write home about.....

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


The movie starts with Jimmy(Ron Eldard), a 42-year old roadie, being unceremoniously left behind by his employers somewhere in Michigan. Unable to land a gig anywhere, he goes to the only place where he might be welcome which is his mother's(Lois Smith) home in Forest Hills, NY, but is so distracted by talking on his cell phone that he forgets his bag in the cab. To console him, his mother promises to make him a tuna melt with peppers and provolone but lacks the necessary butter. So, instead of calling the cab company about his missing bag, Jimmy goes to the corner store but not before he goes to a bar where he encounters Randy(Bobby Cannavale) and Nikki(Jill Hennessy, laying on the Queens accent a little too thick), herself an aspiring musician, former high school classmates of his and now married to each other.

"Roadie" is an underwhelming character study that is solely content to think of its lead character as a deluded fool and simply leave it at that, taking note of all not accomplished in his life. But life is not something to keep a running score of. While the life of a roadie probably contains more than its share of odd hours, back breaking work, long bus rides, greasy food and sub-par drugs, it should also give someone who has been around as long as Jimmy more than his share of stories to tell, none of which he is apparently willing to share with friends and family, including the reason for his being fired. What did he do? Pass a drug test?

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


Ron Eldard, Jill Hennessy, and Bobby Cannavale's performances are the best reason to check out this film. They shine here. The film kind of feels like a stage play. The film does have some great music in the film. Lois Smith and David Margulies also offer solid supporting work here. My problem with the film was the pacing, which was off here. The film begins really well and takes off, then slows down and then gets back on, and then slows down. If they would have fixed the pacing, then it would have been a much better film. Still the film is worth checking out, especially for the performance.

Sol C

Super Reviewer

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