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Roadie
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Apr 11, 2012 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Michael Cuesta

Actors:
Ron Eldard

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A middle-aged, rock n'roll roadie, Jimmy (Ron Eldard) is ditched on the road by his band. With nowhere to go, he returns to his hometown, where he reunites with his aged mother (Lois Smith) and two high school friends (Jill Hennessy & Bobby Cannavale).
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Ron Eldard's really one of those guys, meaning that he's one of those character actors you're always happy to see when he shows up. Recently, he knocked it out of the park with a part in SUPER 8, and here, in a rare leading role, he absolutely nails the titular part in ROADIE. His Jimmy's a really likable guy- which is really the thing a character piece like this lives and dies by. He's never less than 100% convincing as Jimmy- the burnt out, perennially adolescent- despite his middle-age, roadie.

Director Michael Cuesta (L.I.E, TELL TALE, and dozens of episodes of HOMELAND and DEXTER) keeps ROADIE moving at a nice, sharp clip. The tone is perfect, in that's it's casually funny without seeming to try to hard, while still finding room to give the film a bit of heft. Sure, Jimmy's a middle-aged dude without all that much to show for his forty plus years- but there's not too much self-pity to his character (save for one scene later in the film), which I love. There's a great scene where he lectures Cannavale's character on the meaning of Blue Oyster Cult's lyrics (the band that ditches him early on)- where you can tell the guy has had the time of his life on the road, and doesn't regret it for a second- nor does he resent the band for ditching him. It's a great scene. Cannavale and Hennessy are also quite good as his high school friends, who use his return to town as an excuse to stage a little coke-fueled rock n'roll hijinx of their own. It all culminates in a big, drug-fueled blow out that illustrates that Jimmy, despite having never really grown up, is far more put together than these two.

THE EXTRAS
Not much here, other than a quick featurette HDNET- A Look at ROADIE , and a photo gallery
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Eldard's Jimmy is a great character to hand out with for ninety minutes, and the film never succumbs to being quirky which is the one thing that drives me crazy in lots of these types of indies. While it didn't make a huge splash upon it's initial release, ROADIE is a nice little indie gem, and well worth your time.
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