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My Dinner with Jimi (2003)

My Dinner with Jimi




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Although he later received notoriety as a member of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention and as half of the duo Flo & Eddie, Howard Kaylan is likely best remembered as the lead singer of the 1960s pop band the Turtles. It is this period of his life that Kaylan illustrates in his autobiographical screenplay for My Dinner With Jimi. Beginning right before the band hit it big with their single "Happy Together," the film follows Kaylan (played here by Justin Henry from Kramer vs. Kramer) as he and his bandmates struggle through gigs at small clubs and spend their free time hanging out in a deli, discussing the draft with Jim Morrison (Bret Roberts), Mama Cass (Lisa Brounstein), and Zappa (Adam Tomei). When their song hits number one on the charts, the Turtles head out to tour England, where they catch up with their old friend Graham Nash (Chris Soldevilla). Nash takes the band to a club where they meet the Beatles and Kaylan has a lengthy chat with John Lennon (Brian Groh). Further cementing his rapid transformation from fan to star, Kaylan is then introduced to Jimi Hendrix (Royale Watkins), leading to the titular dinner. Featuring a supporting cast led by George Wendt, John Corbett, and Curtis Armstrong, My Dinner With Jimi was directed by Bill Fishman, best known for his cult-classic directorial debut, 1988's Tapeheads.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Howard Kaylan
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On DVD: Jun 23, 2009
Rhino Entertainment


Justin Henry
as Howard Kaylan
Royale Watkins
as Jimi Hendrix
Jason Boggs
as Mark Volman
George Wendt
as Bill Uttley
Brett Gilbert
as John Barbata
Sean Maysonet
as Jim 'Tucko' Tucker
George Stanchev
as Al Nichol
Brian Groh
as John Lennon
Quinton Flynn
as Paul McCartney
Ben Bode
as Ringo Starr
Nate Dushku
as George Harrison
Lisa Brounstein
as Mama Cass
John Corbett
as Henry Diltz
Bret Roberts
as Jim Morrison
Adam Tomei
as Frank Zappa
Curtis Armstrong
as Herb Cohen
Taylor Negron
as Psychiatrist
Chris Elwood
as Justin Hayward
Todd Lowe
as John Lodge
Chris Soldevilla
as Graham Nash
Jill Marie Simon
as Jane Asher
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Critic Reviews for My Dinner with Jimi

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

More a collection of dubiously myth-serving, purple-hazed '60s' sketches than anything else.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Sweet and warm but not particularly profound.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Full Review… | December 3, 2008
Top Critic

We can groan over those terrible wigs all we want, but by the end of the picture, we're still taken in by Kaylan's dizzying story.

Full Review… | August 28, 2009

Great fun, an old hippie's anecdote brought to life.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Jam! Movies

December 12, 2007
National Post

Audience Reviews for My Dinner with Jimi

As a die hard Jimi Hendrix fan (I have every official hendrix release + the bonus editions and 2 box sets). I had to check this film out. The film centers around the band The Turtles, and their rapid rise to fame after the release of their single "Happy Together". They go to London, and have one of the craziest nights that they wouldnt forget. They hang out at Graham Nash's pad, and get high while listening to an advanced copy of Sgt. Peppers, they hang out with Donovan, The Moody Blues, Brian Jones, Frank Zappa, Mama Cass, Jim Morrison, and of course Jimi Hendrix. First off, I love this genre and everything about the late 60s (I also have every Beatles album, every Doors album, and other albums by misc artists, Cream, Rolling Stones, etc.), so this was a hippiegasm for me. I had a very fun time trying to name all the artists that would randomly appear in the Speakeasy (a London club that apparently entertains some of the biggest artists in England). The Beatles scene was fantastic, and very believable. Another memorable scene was the draft board scene, where I laughed very, very hard. The long final scene with Hendrix was the highlight for me, of course. While the wig and actor didnt impress me at first, I got used to it, and by the end of the scene I enjoyed it very much so. While, being an info nerd, noticed some historically inaccurate things thrown in to make the movie more interesting (like Jim Morrison reading the bad review of the Doors in the diner). But overrall, this movie was extremely heartfelt, and I appreciate the experience to see one of my icons portrayed on the screen. If you are a fan of flower power, Rock and Roll, or both. Check this film out.

Brian P.
Brian Peek

like a high budget Youtube movie or a beyond low budget indie. Skip if you're looking for something real. Watch this if you want to see a bunch of great stock footage from the swinging 60s. Some of the casting was good though and Royale Watkins is actually a convincing Hendrix.

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