“Jersey Boys hands down is a touching tale about Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, who were a group of determined and witty young men with a vision, that actually conquered it. The lighting, the sound, the story line and their chemistry on film was riveting. In every possible category Jersey Boys received an A+. Simply, Jersey Boys is a classic refresher for summer viewers.” – @Konnectshun
A few weeks ago I attended the press screening for Jersey Boys, on behalf of Warner Brothers, at the Time Warner Building in NYC. The room was filled with press junket mavens who were eager to preview and critique Clint Eastwood’s latest biopic, which roots from the Tony Award winning musical Jersey Boys. When I was first tasked to review the flick, I imagined a lot of crooning, meshed with a true come up from nothing story. Boy, was I correct. I mean we are speaking about a group that performed classic tracks such as ‘Sherry,’ Walk Like A Man,’ and ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry.’ If you are not old enough to remember those tunes, watching Jersey Boys will make you become a fan.
Let’s rewind a bit…Jersey Boys brings you back to 1960’s, when bad boys owned the streets of New Jersey. Within those gritty streets, were four young men, who had a dream that they couldn’t defer. In the film, you will recognize a few key figures, most notably, Christopher Walken, who plays ‘Gyp’ DeCarlo and standout star, John Lloyd Young, who plays the unforgettable and legendary Frankie Valli. Truly, Young’s acting skills are impeccable and quite balanced alongside his group, the Four Seasons, which include stars Vincent Piazza, Michael Lomenda, and Erich Bergen.
In summary, Clint Eastwood’s current project is well thought out, focused and targeted. It’s a harmonious film for music lovers and hustlers, who love to dream big. In Jersey Boys, you won’t find any dead spots within the showbiz-filled picture, in fact, the whole movie feels alive, but not over the top.
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ABOUT JERSEY BOYS
The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You,” and many more.
These classic hits are now being embraced by a new generation of fans through the stage musical, which has been running on Broadway for more than eight years and has also enjoyed successful tours around the globe.
Starring in the film, John Lloyd Young reprises his Tony Award-winning portrayal of the legendary lead singer of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli. Erich Bergen stars as Bob Gaudio, who wrote or co-wrote all of the group’s biggest hits. Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza star respectively as Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito, two original members of The Four Seasons. Oscar® winner Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter”) stars as mobster Gyp DeCarlo.
Oscar® winner Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”) directed “Jersey Boys” from a screenplay and musical book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, song music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe. The film is produced by Eastwood, Graham King and Robert Lorenz, with Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tim Moore, Tim Headington, James Packer and Brett Ratner serving as executive producers.
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writers: Screenplay and musical book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice
Song Music by Bob Gaudio and Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Producers: Clint Eastwood, Graham King, Robert Lorenz
Executive Producers: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tim Moore, Tim Headington, Brett Ratner, James Packer, Steven Mnuchin
Cast: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza, and Christopher Walken
MPAA Rating: “R” for language throughout.