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Writer-producer-star Jonny Owen's amiable central turn just about gets the movie through myriad sticky patches.
With shots of Tower Bridge etc, the mostly London-based story is as conventional as they come. [But} Owen is certainly a very funny screen presence.
Svengali ought to be sharper, but this good-natured, clunky labour of love feels about as fresh as a 2002 copy of the NME.
There's enough charming energy in this loose London music scene comedy to keep us entertained, but the plot drives us round the bend by refusing to go anywhere.
Hard to dislike entirely, but that initial pep wears off - and it's sad that any project should now be wasting Vicky McClure in the tagalong girlfriend role.
Paper-thin music industry satire which is (almost) saved by the sweet chemistry between leads Jonny Owen and Vicky McClure.
I could only detect one joke in his amateurish comedy and it's not a particularly funny one.
Likeable casting can't quite salvage director John Hardwick's threadbare British pop comedy, under-developed from a web series.
Its writer/star has the charm and warmth to keep this muso fairy tale on the tracks and there are entertaining spot-the-rocker cameos galore.
Suffers from ... datedness, its industry caricatures and underdog narrative ripe with clichés.
It is refreshing to watch a film that draws together characters from across the British Isles in a way that is not only watchable, but reasonably well put together too.
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