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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
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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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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
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie Jan. 4 2014
By L. D. Auerbach - Published on Amazon.com
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Similar to 54 but with some differences. It focuses on the lives of the people in the movie more than the club. As I grew up in the late 70's at the clubs I relate well to this movie
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3.0 out of 5 stars Low-dosage disco May 7 2013
By Baboomaroonie - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funkytown (2012) Sept. 12 2013
By BEAVER - Published on Amazon.com
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Brought back lots of memories from the days of Disco music and dancing at the nightclubs Covers a lot of history
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