Detroit Rock City (1999)

(On VHS, September 2000) This teen comedy (about four friend who practically do everything in order to get to a KISS concert) is more entertaining than it should have been, though not much more. The teenage antics and handled with a heap of good-natured anarchism and it’s hard to be unsympathetic to such cheerful mayhem. There are quite a few good scenes, though some showcases (the strip performance, the church love scene and the subsequent confrontation with the parent, notably) don’t come off as strongly as they should. The film also ends five minutes too quickly, crying out for some sort of “twenty years later” epilogue. Maybe a bit too scattered to maintain a high level of interest.

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