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"Modern Life is Rubbish" has a song in its heart, and it will put one in yours.
There's a depressingly predetermined quality to this story.
Much of the movie...is an advertisement for male emotional immaturity.
The film is full of the signifiers of musical devotion but lacks the hummably acerbic insight of the best music it namechecks.
For those who delight in candy-coated nostalgia, writer Philip Gawthorne's familiar, cliché-heavy script offers a twee jaunt down memory lane. For everyone else, even a killer Britpop soundtrack...can't save the film from overtrodden territory.
Mavor and Whitehouse, both of whom appear poised to break out after a series of smaller roles in TV and indie features, demonstrate a believable chemistry, but more importantly perhaps, a convincing hostility after their breakup.
A contrived plot with a predictable twist and overuse of syrupy montages undermine its rock and roll credentials.
It's like a strange and enervating cross between High Fidelity and One Day where everyone on screen makes you want to thump yourself in the face.
This song [plays] wrong jarring chords.
[Josh] Whitehouse and [Freya] Mavor have great chemistry and give their thinly written characters charm and energy, which keeps us on their side through very predictable ups and downs.
Despite the obligatory eclectic soundtrack, there aren't many surprises nor reasons to care about why these two should be together.
Exploring a relationship by flicking between beginning and end, this British drama is skilfully shot, edited and played. But the story structure is a problem.
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