Barbershop Punk (2011)

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Is "The Man" controlling the vertical, the horizontal, and the channel you'll be on? In a privatized American Internet, is big business "Big Brother" or does the free market protect and serve the needs of the average citizen with its invisible hand? With the simple act of swapping files, barbershop quartet baritone Robb Topolski finds himself at ground zero of a landmark case whose outcome will affect the rights of every American citizen. Following one man's personal quest to defend what he believes to be his inalienable rights, Barbershop Punk examines the critical issues surrounding the future of the American Internet and what it takes to challenge the status quo. -- (C) Official Site
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NR
Genre:
Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Barbershop Punk

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

The urgency of this complex and far-reaching issue, coupled with the undeniable appeal of the Everyman story that triggered the debate, will propel "Punk" to harmonious fest exposure and tenacious afterlife.

Full Review… | October 16, 2012
Variety
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Full Review… | November 10, 2011
New York Times
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An engaging, provocative documentary using one man's crusade against Comcast (now merged with NBC Universal) to explore issues of Web freedom.

Full Review… | November 10, 2011
New York Times
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Dovetails with the current Occupy message but still feels rather stale.

Full Review… | November 8, 2011
Village Voice
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Solid documentary explores how sweetly harmonized barbershop music catalyzed a battle between First Amendment proponents and the telecommunications industry.

Full Review… | November 8, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
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The first film to tackle the all-important subject of whether the Comcast's and Time-Warner's of the world will have the power to control what we see, hear or post on the Internet. Gives the term "net neutrality" a flesh-and-blood urgency.

Full Review… | November 13, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Barbershop Punk

Let me start by giving you some advice: Watch this at home, not in a theater. I was very glad I did because there were several points in the movie where my family wanted to pause it and talk about some idea or concept. If you do see it in a theater, it might be a good idea to bring a pen and paper so that you can jot down your thoughts. Like most good documentaries, this one makes you want to keep discussing political issues after the movie ends. It presented these issues - net neutrality, common carrier laws, government regulation vs. free enterprise - in a way that makes you want to research them later. It leaves you wanting more, and that is a good thing. The movie did seem a little bit short to me, at 1 hour 17 minutes, but it packs in a lot of information without ever getting boring. Overall a wonderful effort, definitely worth seeing if you care at all about freedom and the Internet.

James Dearing
James Dearing

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