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An involving, if sentimental and predictable family drama elevated by J.K. Simmons' sympathetic lead performance.
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A wounded and hopeful take on generation gaps and the wider, nearly unbridgeable chasms created by neurological disaster.
A medley of "Memento," "The King's Speech" and "Hair," "The Music Never Stopped" is sentimental pop packaged as a profound rock opera.
The sentiments are real without succumbing to exaggerated sentimentality, thanks in large part to that big lovable lug, J.K. Simmons.
It's sentimental, yet so honest and eccentric that it rises above schmaltz.
The Music Never Stopped is often static and follows a familiar trajectory. Yet it has power, partly because Simmons does a fine job of showing how hurt Henry is that his taste didn't imprint on Gabe beyond grade school.
Presumably intended as an inspirational medical drama, this dated effort congeals into stale nostalgia. Mr. Simmons deserves better.
This loosely adapted biopic drawn from the Dr. Oliver Sacks case study, The Last Hippie, resonates with the emotional power of music back in time to heal and awaken broken lives.
It's really for anybody who loves their music -- whatever that music is -- so much that hearing it is enough to transport them to another time and place.
.. it's curious that a film essentially about the healing power of music can be so tone deaf about some of the particulars, this is a movie that some ...baby boomers will absolutely adore. Others should approach with caution.
This heartily maudlin character study is sort of a crash course in Boomerology.
This fact-inspired story from the physician who gave us Awakenings mostly plays like a Lifetime movie.
The treatment of the music alone makes the movie worth seeing, but the sophisticated nature of the narrative builds well on the musical foundation.
Predictable story, but the soundtrack was awesome, so I enjoyed it.
I didn't even realize this was based on an Oliver Sacks case until after it was over and I thought it sounded familiar.
Cast: J.K. Simmons, Lou Taylor Pucci, Julia Ormond, Cara Seymour, Mía Maestro, Tammy Blanchard, Scott Adsit, Max Antisell
Director: Jim Kohlberg
Summary: Nearly 20 years after Gabriel (Lou Taylor Pucci) ran away from home, his father, Henry Sawyer (J.K. Simmons), and mother, Helen (Cara Seymour), discover that their no longer young child suffers from a brain tumor that blocks him from recording fresh memories. Desperate to connect with his son at the assisted-living facility Gabe inhabits, Henry realizes the best way to do so is through music -- specifically the classic rock tunes Gabe loves and he despises.
My Thoughts: "A beautiful story and a fantastic film. Such great acting from Lou Taylor Pucci, J.K. Simmons, and Cara Seymour. The story was touching and made me shed a few or more tears. The music is amazing in this film and it is what truly brings this family back together. The story is sad, inspiring, touching, and will definitely pull at your heart strings. You can't help but care for these character's and be moved by their story. Brilliant film. Check this one out for the great story, acting, and music. A definite must see."
Very touching movie based on a true story, apparently. Great acting. Great music. I teared up more than once...
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