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FUNKYTOWN

Justin Chatwin, Patrick Huard, Sarah Mutch Paul Doucet    DVD
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1.0 out of 5 stars Attractive excellent actors for a poor storyline Dec 31 2012
By Maurice
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The era of the Disco time was an excellent set-up for this movie. The storyline, though could have been different and less gross with the final response of the main character's mother. He also plays the role of an Italian gay man who has difficulty assuming himself in every way. I really did not like the movie, but it is only a question of taste for stories.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Mutch does it all Aug. 11 2011
Format:DVD
Some sequences are a bit long, and the main attraction of this film is definitely Sarah Mutch's sublime physique and acting is her role as a seductress.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Boogie through the darker aspects of the 70's disco scene ... Oct. 2 2012
By Bob Lind - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Ah, the seventies. Bad hairdos, ridiculous clothes, danceable but quickly forgettable music ... and lots of attitude, greed and drugs.

This is the era captured pretty well in the 2011 Canadian film "Funkytown," which follows the disco scene in Montreal during the period 1972-1980, based loosely on actual events. The story is told through the stories of various deeply-flawed characters, including the city's #1 popular disco DJ and TV host (who has a serious cocaine problem), a young man thrilled to be dancing on TV with his girlfriend (but secretly harbors a secret: he's gay and deeply in denial about it), a record producer desperately searching for one last star to promote, and a son who is deeply afraid of his father who controls his livelihood. The story is realistic for the period, though quite dark overall. It even briefly covers the growing discontent with disco, and popularity of punk rock as its replacement trend.

US television audiences may recognize Justin Chatwin ("Shameless" who played a gay kid on "Weeds" in the first and final seasons), who is believable as the confused young man. The rest of the cast seems equally capable. The direction seems a bit off, and it is sometimes confusing to follow, since the dialogue is a mix of French and English (often from the same actor in the same scene, which I am told actually happens in bilingual Montreal), with English subtitles. The soundtrack of dozens of classic disco tunes will touch a nostalgic vein among those who are old enough to remember this era. Unrated, would be an "R" due to sexual content and violence. I'm a bit generous with a four star rating (out of five), but I applaud the effort and largely-capable results.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and Busy Film - Too Many Storylines June 12 2013
By C. Clay - Published on Amazon.com
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A fan of 1970's nightlife, I was curious to watch this movie. While watching, I couldn't help but wonder if this was based on a true story? Well, very loosely, very is the keyword. It starts out rather exciting, and captures the viewer quickly. I'm sure this is in part due to the flashy characters and constant references to the time period (mid 1970's). Nostalgia fans will enjoy the movie props and period dress and music. The characters are quickly introduced, and it looks like we're in for a fun trip through Montreal disco life of the 70's.

As the film plot develops, so do the side stories. The many sub stories center around the club investor father Giles and his son Daniel the club owner, a flamboyant trendsetter Jonathan, handsome waiter Tino, several rising (or desiring to rise stars), and a TV personality father Bastien. Within each character, we have story lines and of course drama - from cheating husbands to cheating boyfriends to cheating record producers - with a toss of drug addiction, gay bashing, suicide and lip-syncing. Trust me, it's a lot for a film that runs just over 2 hours. There's literally enough content for a short series.

That said, if you're up for a sometimes fun but usually dramatic film with ample music of the period (not by the original artists in most cases), and you like the 70's, you'll probably enjoy the movie. The fictional club Starlight is based on the Lime Light of Montreal. Many of the characters are fictitious, so it's an otherwise fictional film with a few pieces of fact (I'm not a fan of this methodology). What I would love to see is a story based on the infamous Stanley Street which incorporates the club featured in this movie.

Fans of the film 54 or the documentary film Limelight (about the New York City clubs) will likely enjoy this film, but not as much. From an acting and production standpoint, it's all enjoyable with a few standouts. But it's a busy film...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Low-dosage disco May 7 2013
By Baboomaroonie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Justin Chatwin has an adorable face and deserves to be in a great sitcom or dramatic ensemble. But the frankly unlikeable characters populating "Funkytown" make it hard for the film to resonate of anything but weariness. Also, the several glaring anachronisms -- a club full of people dancing to records not yet made in the year announced by clunky between-scene cards -- tested one's patience as much as the episodes of meat-headed self-destructiveness collated in the screenplay. Even the film's title is out of time, unless they all survived to 1980 as hangers-on and heard Lipps, Inc in a disco. Bad re-cut of "Disco Inferno," charming French translation of Tina Charles' global smash "I Love To Love (But My Baby Loves To Dance)" by Montrealer Marilou. Llloved hearing Boney M.'s "Daddy Cool" start playing, filling the Eurodisco void in "Saturday Night Fever"'s song score, wondered where the many notable Canadian disco records of the '70s had gotten to, like Montreal Sound's hammering "Music" or Kat Mandu's "The Break," even national hero Nanette Workman's "If It Wasn't For the Money" or something by Karen Silver or Gino Soccio or Kebekelektrik, or, hello, France Joli -- probably hiding in the same place as the character Tino's self-respect and good sense.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So-so! April 19 2013
By Bobby Willard - Published on Amazon.com
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I rented this movie with the hopes of watching a good film. To me, it leaned more to the boring side. I tried to like it, tried to keep an open mind, tried to sit back and just watch it as a film, but got bored around 1/4 of the way. Ooh, I watched to full movie, hoping to find something intertaining about it. Nope, found nothing.
4.0 out of 5 stars Montreal Disco! June 30 2014
By Terry N Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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Enjoyable movie which is based on real-life characters. It was interesting to learn about Montreal and the early days of disco. The music and the clothes will be familiar to anyone who remembers that era.
One of the main characters is interesting because of his inability to reconcile his sexuality with his Italian upbringing. His inner conflict causes him and those around him quite a few problems.
All in all it's a movie I liked so well that I will watch it again.
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