Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (2011)
Critic Consensus: Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone is an entertaining, heartwarming, and balanced documentary about the influential Los Angeles band.
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Critic Reviews for Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
It's a hearty, thoughtful, smartly assembled, vaguely complete documentary about a rock band that, even by the standards of out-there musical acts, seemed out there both in the mid-1980s and even now.
It's a movie about what it's like to almost make it in the music business, but not really, not quite. It's about coming close and watching it slip away.
What makes this better than the usual Behind the Music-style doc is the frankness of its subjects and the fun way the filmmakers intersperse Fat Albert-style animation to tell their story.
[It] isn't the happiest movie about a band you'll ever see, but it is one of the more entertaining, and thanks to directors Lev Anderson and Christ Metzler, one of the most original.
Audience Reviews for Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
The Fishbone story of music, friendship, loyalty, betrayal, forgiveness, hard work and determination is presented perfectly in this documentary narrated by Laurence Fishburne. My kids were digging the scene when Angelo did a "balcony dive" and they learned a lot about life and music in one hour and forty three minutes. Great Band, Great Story, Great Film!
Fishbone is one of the great treasures of the American music scene. It is cliché to state that they are a band that transform boundaries and genres. What more can I say? I love this band and I love this movie (so much in fact, I saw it twice on the same weekend!). However, you don't need to be a Fishbone fan to appreciate this documentary. This is a must see for anyone interested in music, bands, or West Coast culture in general. It is a rare thing that true originators get any amount of respect and recognition that they should while they are around to appreciate it. Fishbone are a force to be reckoned with and this movie capitalizes on insight to band members and history that few people normally get a chance to see into. Fishbone is still, to this day, the best live band in the world. Long live Fishbone, and thank you, thank you, thank you for this doc.
Fans will appreciate the look inside the band, but even those outside the Fishbone community will enjoy this well-crafted story. Great vintage footage and insightful current interviews that illustrates the band's current struggles. Sure, there's an element of love note to the band in this - I'm not sure a documentary film crew would have tackled such an eclectic topic, even in the post-"Behind the Music" world. But Fishbone's music and struggle deserves to live on, and this documentary takes it all in and presents an excellent package. I caught this film at a film festival, so you're going to have to look and keep in touch with the filmmakers to find out where you can catch this.
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