As far as concept goes, this is a winner. You can definitely imagine a bunch of old pop has-beens staging a comeback... and you could probably find some star actors to play the roles if the script was right.
Having said that, I didn’t think the story/characters quite hit the mark. The reason why THE FULL MONTY was so successful was because each of the characters had a back-story that was sincere and tragic. Yes it was funny, but their problems made them human and likeable. The characters in this story are mere cartoons by comparison. I also thought the frequent references to mentally disabled people, homosexuals and child porn were ill advised.
Ultimately, there was never enough on the line for the characters. So what if they failed? What was at stake? Not that much.
The formatting was not too bad. Two things stuck out in my mind: 1) the use of MUSIC needs to be in CAPS and properly referenced. 2) MONTAGES need to be reviewed and re-written. As for style, I though there was an overuse of VO/progressive tense/adverbs, etc.
All the best.
Review of: The Boys are Back
reviewed by CJ Knight on 03/21/2010
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