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Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)




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Andy Serkis stars as volatile British new wave icon Ian Dury in this biopic from BAFTA-nominated director Mat Whitecross (The Road to Guantanamo). As a young boy, Dury nearly died after being stricken with polio. Though the ravaging disease would leave him permanently disabled, however, it would also instill him with the drive and perseverance to become one of the most influential musicians of his generation. Along with his band Ian Dury & the Blockheads, the unpredictable rocker would become a key figure in the new wave movement of the late '70s. But through it all Dury's abrasive behavior never subsided, even during quiet moments with his delicate young son, Baxter (Bill Milner). Ray Winstone, Naomie Harris, and Olivia Williams co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Viragh
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On DVD: Jan 25, 2011
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Andy Serkis
as Ian Dury
Bill Milner
as Baxter Dury
Ray Winstone
as Bill Dury
Naomie Harris
as Denise Roudette
Tom Hughes
as Chaz Jankel
Toby Jones
as Hargreaves
Joe Kennedy
as Davey Payne
Wesley Nelson
as Young Ian
Ralph Ineson
as Sulphate Strangler
Clifford Samuel
as Charlie Charles
Jimmy Jagger
as John Turnbull
Arthur Darvill
as Mick Gallagher
Shakraj Soornack
as Norman Watt-Roy
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Critic Reviews for Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (4)

Somehow this well-intentioned film cannot help but turn an uncompromisingly original artist into a formula.

Full Review… | May 7, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

It's an energetic and vivacious film that will appeal to fans of punk rock worldwide and should find its place in the pantheon of great music-film biographies.

January 8, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Paul Viragh's script is too bitty to hold it all together, and filigrees of technique fail to disguise the weaknesses in helmer Mat Whitecross' first solo flight.

Full Review… | January 8, 2010
Top Critic

You don't need to be a fan of Dury's music to enjoy 'Sex & Drugs...'. This is just gorgeous, celebratory cinema, unfettered and courageous, if unashamedly scattershot, much like the man himself.

Full Review… | January 8, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

...a major performance in a minor film.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Reeling Reviews

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll ticks all the music biopic boxes, but Whitecross wisely ramps things up by looking at Dury's life with the same sort of random, chaotic vision that both blessed and cursed the man himself.

Full Review… | July 7, 2011

Audience Reviews for Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll


Inside this strange little movie is a rather decent one. The editing style is a little out there, but it's mostly filled with a well casted, well done, well acted story. It is a story of a man who survived polio as a child, and became a punk rockstar. Serkis is good giving realistic grit to the self-absorbed leading man. I am a sucker for pics about musicians, and I found this to be an enjoyable one.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Andy Serkis IS Ian Dury in this bio-pic of the flawed polio'd punk-poetical genius.

Einstein can't be classed as witless.
He claimed atoms were the littlest.
When you did a bit of splitting-em-ness
Frighten everybody shitless
There ain't half been some clever bastards
(Lucky bleeders, lucky bleeders)

If you've never heard of Ian Dury or his Blockheads, then you won't get much of an idea from the random snippets of music in the film, and if you're not a fan, this possibly won't convert you either. But if you remember him fondly, watching SEX AND DRUGS AND ROCK N ROLL is the next best thing to the man himself coming back to gobby feisty life.

Lesley N

Super Reviewer

Andy Serkis gives a brilliant performance as Ian Dury, a rock star that managed to have a fairly successful career despite having caught Polio as a child and having a wife and two kids. Its his determination that makes the film so compelling as we see gigs, both good and bad, fights, tantrums and the sex, drugs and rock n roll of the title as we see Dury start a new relationshp, make lots of money, have relationships break down as well as trying to keep his family close. Its sometimes touching, fun and funny as well as being intense and dramatic in parts with good performances also from Naomie Harris and Olivia Williams. A great rock n roll drama.

Adam M.

Super Reviewer

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Quotes

Ian Dury: It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.
– Submitted by Ben M (4 years ago)
Ian Dury: The moral of this story is, don't go looking for morals to stories, and if you want a message, fuck off down the post office.
– Submitted by Lou R (4 years ago)

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