The Boat That Rocked

The Boat That Rocked
  • 2009
  • UK
  • 2h 14min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Richard Curtis
  • Written by: Richard Curtis
  • Cast: Tom Sturridge, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Talulah Riley, Chris O'Dowd, Rhys Darby, Ralph Brown, Jack Davenport, Kenneth Branagh
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Life onboard the fictional 1966 pirate radio ship Radio Rock resembles a two-hour sketch show held together by popular songs of the era. Curtis clearly isn't aiming for realism, but his return to the big screen isn't exactly rockin', with a wasted cast of character actors and only Chris O'Dowd ('The IT Crowd') shining in a rare moment of emotional depth.

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The Boat That Rocked

2 Apr 20092 stars

COMEDY/DRAMA Richard Curtis’ return to the big screen after six years back working in television is not as rockin’ as it is rolling, loose, baggy and freewheeling. It feels like a very long musical montage with little structure or direction. Some fine…

Interview - Richard Curtis

2 Apr 2009

Richard Curtis’s pirate radio romp The Boat That Rocked could be seen as a step into new territory for the Love Actually director, as it is noticeably free of his two main preoccupations up to this point: romantic love and Hugh Grant. But according to…

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