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Jersey Boys -- 4 stars and 4 thumbs up
self | 7-10-14 | Vanity

Posted on 07/10/2014 2:28:17 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

We saw Jersey Boys last night in our local movie theatre. It is the story of Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons, a singing group of the 1960s, and their rise to fame. It is an adaptation of a stage play. The movie is directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, which is eyebrow raising in itself because it does not seem like a typical Eastwood topic.

I approached this movie with some trepidation because of the big, fat R after the title. Normally, I avoid R-rated movies; and I could not find out why it received this rating. However, the music sounded great in the trailers, and I was curious as to what a "Musical directed by Clint Eastwood" would be like.

It was great. We thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. The R rating was earned because of rough language, I'm sure. However, the language was no worse than what you might hear in any middle or high school today. I could handle that.

This movie is FILLED with music. I haven't been to a musical in ages, and this was the best of the genre. The music wasn't gratuitous. It was the story. The music business is a rough place, but there is something to be said for the honor of a "Jersey contract". You'll have to see the movie to find out what that means.

The story is fast paced and you hardly notice that it is 134 minutes long. In fact, nearly all of the people in the theatre stayed throughout the closing credits, just because of the score which had everyone tapping their toes.

Footnote: I don't know how these guys stayed out of jail...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: eastwood; rrated; the4seasons; valli
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1 posted on 07/10/2014 2:28:17 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Grew up on the Four Seasons. It was a great time to be an adolescent.


2 posted on 07/10/2014 2:31:30 AM PDT by David Isaac
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To: afraidfortherepublic

How do you do FOUR thumbs up? I can only do three.


3 posted on 07/10/2014 2:38:49 AM PDT by Captainpaintball (Immigration without assimilation is the death of a nation)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Eastwood had a #1 hit on the country ( US and Canadian ) charts in 1980, “Bar Room Buddies” (with Merle Haggard) so his connection to music isn’t as far away as it seems.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l0luZHf_yg


4 posted on 07/10/2014 2:38:50 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Captainpaintball

We count my husband’s thumbs + mine!


5 posted on 07/10/2014 2:46:19 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

I did not know that. I noticed that there was a Kyle Eastwood in the credits. Relative?


6 posted on 07/10/2014 2:49:08 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

BTW, that’s a great song. I’d never heard it before.


7 posted on 07/10/2014 2:52:15 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Glad to hear the good review. I thought the trailers were good. I’ll watch it when it comes out on DVD.

Thanks,


8 posted on 07/10/2014 2:54:13 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Glad to hear the good review. I thought the trailers were good. I’ll watch it when it comes out on DVD.

Thanks,


9 posted on 07/10/2014 2:55:32 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Clint’s son with Maggie Johnson who he was married to
from 1953–1984 ( divorced ).


10 posted on 07/10/2014 2:55:42 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It must have been opened up quite a bit - the show was a simple jukebox musical, although very popular.


11 posted on 07/10/2014 3:03:02 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It is awesome! We went the 2nd or 3rd day it was out as we really wanted to see it. The whole theater full of people sang along and as you said, stayed through the credits. We even bought the soundtrack for our iPod, something I haven’t done since probably 1990.


12 posted on 07/10/2014 3:06:21 AM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Kyle is his son. He also had a part in Grand Torino. He played the creep who was hassling the neighbor girl when Eastwood drove up in his pick-up and rescued her.


13 posted on 07/10/2014 3:11:04 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: FrdmLvr

Did not know that. Thanks.


14 posted on 07/10/2014 3:14:49 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

FYI...there is a group called “Oh What a Night” that puts on one of the BEST live shows we’ve ever seen. We caught then on Pride of America in Hawaii. Their website is ohwhatanighttribute.com. Their schedule is there, don’t miss them if they come close to you. Loved Jersey Boys, did you also notice Franky Valli was a co-producer? He is in his 80’s now. Came home and bought their greatest hits album.


15 posted on 07/10/2014 3:20:15 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ("There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

Did not notice that. I was enjoying the music too much. We saw Frankie Valli live with the Milwaukee POPs about 15 years ago. It was a good show.


16 posted on 07/10/2014 3:23:30 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

BTW, I didn’t even mention the costumes, which were perfect. Frankie’s daughter even carried a cowhide purse just like one I had in the late 1960s. I bought it from a street vendor in Berkeley.


17 posted on 07/10/2014 3:26:07 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Agreed. Excellent movie.


18 posted on 07/10/2014 3:28:28 AM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Great review, I can’t wait to see this movie. I’ve been trying to get hubby to go see it on Broadway for ages, but I think I’ll be able to drag him to the movie.


19 posted on 07/10/2014 3:49:35 AM PDT by jocon307 (These people are (some Polish word) crazy)
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To: Gaffer

My wife and I absolutely loved it. Great movie. Stuff I never knew about their lives.


20 posted on 07/10/2014 3:51:04 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I was more partial to Dion & The Belmonts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDW7MZpRhhg


21 posted on 07/10/2014 4:07:58 AM PDT by Brother Cracker (My Mossberg 500 helps me deal with being old and cranky)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I haven’t seen the movie (yet) but I did enjoy the stage show when it came here as the touring group from its Broadway run. Really love the music!!


22 posted on 07/10/2014 4:16:18 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thanks. I’ve been lobbying my wife to see this as a show in Vegas.


23 posted on 07/10/2014 4:35:09 AM PDT by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I grew up in that NJ area in that era. Very popular group amongst the locals. Four Seasons was a bowling alley we used to bowl at albeit we did not make the connection to the group till later.

This was the era of the Goodfellows portrayed in the movie by the same name. It was an exciting time for me as a young adult. If you had a Caprise or GTO with an 8 track with Valli and his group, you were in!

BTW, Eastwood also did a biopic Bird: Charlie Parker.


24 posted on 07/10/2014 4:35:37 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Captainpaintball

I went and saw the movie at the theater. Except for the music, it was a bore. Sorry but it was soooooo boring. The music was great. I would recommend FRiends just buy the CD based on the movie if you really want the best part of the movie. For goodness sake, don’t go to the movie where you will NEVER get those 2 hours back.


25 posted on 07/10/2014 4:41:50 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Saw the stage show in Vegas. The wife loved it so much we’re going to the movies for the first time in over ten years to see it on the silver screen.


26 posted on 07/10/2014 4:43:53 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: David Isaac

I saw it a few weeks ago - since then I’ve bought a double greatest hits CD, a different greatest hits CD and both the Broadway and movie sound tracks - I’ve been playing the music almost non-stop since then. My brother finally told me a few days ago it was getting old listening to them every time he gets in my car. I just laughed and turned up the volume!


27 posted on 07/10/2014 4:54:53 AM PDT by BamaDi ("The definition of a racist today is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I saw FV at either the ground breaking or dedication of the Vietnam Monument. From what was said, evidently the Four Seasons entertained the troops over there.


28 posted on 07/10/2014 4:57:56 AM PDT by BamaDi ("The definition of a racist today is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic
We saw the stage production and the soldout crowd looked like my high school reunion.

EVERYONE was singing along with the music!

Only downside was they did not do the entire songs just parts of them. Still a magnificent show.

29 posted on 07/10/2014 5:04:06 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys-Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat-But they know what's best for you.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thanks for the info! I grew up in this genre and always liked their music!


30 posted on 07/10/2014 5:29:49 AM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thanks for the review. I rarely go to movies but was thinking of going to this one and possibly my sister’s family. I take my nephew to movies every now and then (especially when he was a little younger - primarily Disney movies). His parents and I have always tried to make sure that movies, music, video-games, etc. are age-appropriate for him.

Do you think this would be appropriate for a 12 year old, or is there a lot of bad language, etc.?


31 posted on 07/10/2014 5:30:51 AM PDT by Seattle Conservative (God Bless and protect our troops)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I will see the movie out of respect for Clint Eastwood.

And, then there’s the music :-)


32 posted on 07/10/2014 5:47:21 AM PDT by moovova
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Can’t wait to see the movie. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons was my very first interview as a very young news reporter when they appeared at a county fair in Indiana. They were just beginning their rise to fame.


33 posted on 07/10/2014 5:49:11 AM PDT by varina davis (Gov. Rick Perry in 2016)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
We saw Frankie Valli live with the Milwaukee POPs about 15 years ago. It was a good show.

My wife and I saw Frankie and the Four Seasons a few months back. They put on an amazing show...hard to believe the man just turned 80.

34 posted on 07/10/2014 5:54:27 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! Remember Mississippi!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I had that same leather purse!

Excellent movie!

35 posted on 07/10/2014 6:27:40 AM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: leapfrog0202
We even bought the soundtrack for our iPod, something I haven’t done since probably 1990.

Must have been an early prototype...

36 posted on 07/10/2014 8:31:40 AM PDT by BlueMondaySkipper (Involuntarily subsidizing the parasite class since 1981)
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To: BlueMondaySkipper

*laughing* just realized how that sounded!


37 posted on 07/10/2014 8:50:26 AM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: Seattle Conservative

There is a lot of bad language, although I’m sure your nephew already knows the words. Depends upon your tolerance for such. In this case, the bad language is pretty much part of the Jersey genre.

The other negative is that there are marginal criminal activity and mob relationships portrayed. I’m telling you that (if true) Frankie Valli escaped a really bad life by the skin of his teeth (and by being protected by a “capo”). I’m not sure how much a 12 year old (from another culture, i.e. not Jersey) would understand.

There is some drinking and smoking. I didn’t see drugs. On the good side, Valli keeps his promise to his partners through thick and thin. He also tries to keep his promise to his daughter.

But, overall, it’s the music. The music is pervasive and good.

You’ll want to see it twice, so see it yourself and make the judgement on whether it is suitable for a 12 year old.


38 posted on 07/10/2014 9:05:47 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: informavoracious

I would STILL have that leather purse, except my husband made me give it away to the Goodwill. It was NEVER going to wear out, although the bucket styling was a little impractical.


39 posted on 07/10/2014 9:07:50 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Shery

Well, they sing a lot about Sherry (Shery) throughout the movie!


40 posted on 07/10/2014 9:08:46 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult; afraidfortherepublic

Clint Eastwood actually has a history of music.

In 1969 he was in the musical Paint Your Wagon with Lee Marvin.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064782/?ref_=nv_sr_1

It’s a trip to watch.


41 posted on 07/10/2014 9:13:49 AM PDT by RikaStrom ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Here is a site that purports to separate fact from fiction regarding the Jersey Boys story:

http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/jersey-boys/


42 posted on 07/10/2014 10:30:56 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; RikaStrom; Hillarys Gate Cult; T-Bird45; Gaffer; Brother Cracker; ...

Here is a site I found on the web that purports to separate fact from fiction regarding Jersey Boys. It sounds like most of it is true. The only one complaining is Tommy DeVito. If you’ve seen the movie, you can understand why — although I tend to believe the movie depiction, rather than his denials. LOL.

You might find this site interesting.


43 posted on 07/10/2014 10:46:28 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Whoa...Joe Pesci. What a small world.


44 posted on 07/10/2014 10:59:01 AM PDT by moovova
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To: moovova

They mention that in the movie, but it sailed right by me.


45 posted on 07/10/2014 11:01:13 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Awesome review...thank you.


46 posted on 07/10/2014 11:17:37 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thanks for that because I, too, had been wondering about the R rating. If it’s for language, well, I guess I can deal with that, in order to see a good movie.

Thanks again for the review.


47 posted on 07/10/2014 1:24:51 PM PDT by Nea Wood (When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.-Sowell)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thanks!


48 posted on 07/10/2014 2:35:32 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thanks for the info. Good site and good info. I agree about Tommy DeVito and the comments :-) Quite frankly I think he was very lucky the group did what they did.


49 posted on 07/10/2014 3:48:55 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thanks! Appreciate your comments!


50 posted on 07/11/2014 6:12:07 AM PDT by Seattle Conservative (God Bless and protect our troops)
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