24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE
A scrappy pop docudrama as mod, odd, and ironic as its subject — the urban-dance-squad demimonde of Manchester, England, during the late ’70s and ’80s. The movie’s hero, tongue-in-cheek tour guide, and only remotely fleshed-out character is Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan), the cofounder of Factory Records, who spends the entire film nattering and declaiming in the slightly wacked put-on manner of a Monty Python news reporter. There are good moments early on, but the movie is an insider nostalgia trip for graying art punks. It could have been called When We Were Cool, and it’s finally so cool that it freezes you out.