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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Viragh
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On DVD: Jan 25, 2011
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as Ian Dury

as Baxter Dury

as Bill Dury

as Denise Roudette

as Chaz Jankel

as Hargreaves

as Davey Payne

as Young Ian

as Sulphate Strangler

as Charlie Charles

as John Turnbull

as Mick Gallagher

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
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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


An excellent 'mini-biopic' if you will, of a British punk legend. I'm a big Ian Dury fan, if you don't know who he is, google him this instant! Better still, go see this film, it would be rude of us Brits not to share him with the rest of the world! Mat Whitecross has executed the concept beautifully, never pussy-footing around the grimy truths of the cherished idol and taking notes from Dury's real life son gives it a certain authenticity that many alike films lack. Serkis puts in a really impressive performance too, probably his best to date, handling Dury's handicaps tastefully without exaggeration. Brilliant film!

Anthony Lawrie

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

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