Not Fade Away (2012)



Critic Consensus: Exuberant and bittersweet, Not Fade Away is a coming-of-age story set to a British Invasion beat that occasionally meanders but mostly charms.

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It's 1964, the Rolling Stones appear on television and three best friends from the suburbs of New Jersey decide to form a rock band.
R (for pervasive language, some drug use and sexual content)
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John Magaro
as Douglas
Will Brell
as Wells
Will Brill
as Wells
Jack Huston
as Eugene
Bella Heathcote
as Grace Deitz
Molly Price
as Antoinette
Meg Guzulescu
as Evelyn
Brad Garrett
as Jerry Ragovoy
Lisa Lampanelli
as Aunt Josie
Brahm Vaccarella
as Joe Patuto
Gerard Canonico
as Schindewulf
F. Michael Haynie
as The Bloat
Ken Forman
as Vincent Lento
Chris Bannow
as Dave Smith
Louis Mustillo
as Uncle Johnny Vitelloni
Mary Lou Mellace
as Aunt Louise
John Tormey
as Uncle Paul
Robert Funaro
as Uncle Murf
Anthony Giaimo
as Uncle Beppy
Meredith Forlenza
as Cousin Carol
Adam La Faci
as Cousin Paul
Katherine Bralower
as Card Table Girl
Rebecca Luker
as Marti Deitz
Justine Lupe
as Candace
Shannon Esper
as Mo Falcone
Marissa Ghavami
as Meredith
Lucie Pohl
as Severine
Julia Garner
as Girl in Car
Randall Newsome
as Mr. Gaunt
Susan Knight
as Mrs. Gaunt
Ryan Munzert
as Jim DeSouza
Jay Weinberg
as Jazz Drummer
Teddy Coluca
as Dominic
Charlie Plummer
as Grace's Little Brother
John Mainieri
as Angry Dad
Taylor Young
as Young Hippie
Megan Hubbell
as Girl Who Has to Pee
Susan Duecker
as Singing Girl
Samantha Hahn
as Singing Girl
Devon Werden
as Singing Girl
Margaret Dorn
as Jingle Singer
Kyle Gordon
as Jingle Singer
Ula Hedwig
as Jingle Singer
Kevin Osborne
as Jingle Singer
Bob Bandiera
as Jingle Guitarist
Levi Wilson
as Charlie Watts
Jordan Dean
as Bob Cisco
William L. Connell
as Wells' Brother
Madeline Rhodes
as Doug's First Fan
Brandon Thane Wilson
as Guy at Wells' House
Jeff Norris
as Garage Operator
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Critic Reviews for Not Fade Away

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (33)

The movie is a psalm to those who, far from pursuing the path of the Rolling Stones, stayed trapped under a rock.

Full Review… | January 7, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

This film could have been -- should have been, even -- something special. But it's not.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Denver Post
Top Critic

The period details are spot-on and the soundtrack is great.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Yes, it's about rock and New Jersey, but it's also about getting a life going and dreaming, and that's timeless, classic stuff.

Full Review… | January 3, 2013
Detroit News
Top Critic

Well-observed but occasionally disjointed, it's a film that's more about thematic tone, sound and images than it is driven by plot.

Full Review… | January 3, 2013
USA Today
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There are plenty of laughs along with the melodrama as the band and its members struggle through young adulthood.

Full Review… | January 3, 2013
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Not Fade Away


Douglas(John Magaro), figuring that if two ordinary looking guys like Keith Richards and Mick Jagger can hit it big with their band The Rolling Stones and get all the girls, then why not him? So, he forms a band with some friends of his. Regardless, Grace(Bella Heathcote) takes a liking to him. But his father(James Gandolfini), a store owner, does not care much for the idea of his son getting into the music business, much less his longer hair. As seriously flawed as "Not Fade Away" is, I recently read in why this story might have worked much better as a television series, given its episodic structure. In which case, instead of two hours of cliches about the 60's, we would have had at least ten hours of such tired material. Yes, sometimes forgotten bands can be even more interesting as those that made it big but not here, as the band does nothing to differentiate it from many others of the time period when pretty much everybody was in a band like everybody has a blog today. So, while the movie references many of the innovators of the decade, it only waits until the very end to make any kind of original, ambiguous statement of its own.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer


Another really good movie, ruined by a sad attempt at an ending. This ending may top all bad endings for me. Otherwise, up to that point it was very enjoyable, with good music, good acting, fun storyline, etc. I would have given it 4 to 4 1/2 stars. David Chase..what were you thinking with this? was that all you could come up with for an ending??

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

It is a strange choice to have the main character's little sister narrate the story. Not Fade Away is about a fictional band that never makes it big. As many others have said this movie is filled with cliches, but I think they are overcome by the character driven plot and great classic rock. The young romantic leads played by John Magaro and Bella Heathcote are stand out actors. It is about the connections between 60's rock music, films, tv, and literature really. The movie is successful in capturing the rebellious spirit that inspired many youth of this particular generation. Kids were consuming various media sources. The Rolling Stones, Orson Welles, The Twilight Zone, and college level works of literature influenced their worldviews.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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