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Rude Boy

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Rude Boy

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
performer:
Ray Gange
director:
Jack Hazan, David Mingay
distributor:
SMV
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C+

This dour quasi-documentary spotlighting the great punk group the Clash (released to coincide with Epic/ Legacy’s excellent CD compilation The Clash on Broadway) is the anti-Hard Day’s Night in almost every respect, including overall entertainment value. Shot in Britain in 1978, Rude Boy centers on disaffected, reactionary Clash fan Ray (Ray Gange), who occasionally works as a clerk in a sex-book shop and whiles away his leisure time playing snooker with skinhead pals, looking dopey at riots, and incoherently arguing politics with Clash singer Joe Strummer. An opportunity to roadie for the band seems to promise better things, but Ray discovers life on the road to be even more numbing (and ultimately humiliating) than his usual tedious existence. This very slight narrative is stretched out for more than two hours, punctuated by Clash performances that range from inspired to shamefully sloppy but never dull. The same can’t be said for the rest of the movie, which is so languidly paced and loose-ended that when Strummer barks, ”London’s burning with boredom now!” you believe him. C+

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