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Bettie's Box Office: Jersey Boys Review
Updated: Friday, June 20 2014, 04:32 PM CDT
Jersey Boys is watchable, but yet entirely forgettable.
The film tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. There will be two audiences for the movie: those who have seen the stage show on which it's loosely based, and those who haven't.
If you're the latter, you'll be surprised that a great director like Clint Eastwood could turn out such a run-of-the mill biopic.
If you're the former, you'll be disappointed that the Jersey Boys movie doesn't come close to capturing the fun, energy and power of the live performance.
The stage show tells the story through the music. The movie tells the story and adds some songs. In fact, it's almost halfway into the movie before you hear the first Four Seasons song.
The very talented John Lloyd Young originated the Frankie role on Broadway and won a Tony Award for it. But, this script calls for more acting than singing and doesn't play to his strengths.
If you're a big Frankie Valli fan, I'd recommend that you wait for this one on DVD. Better yet, catch the touring company when the live show returns to Bass Concert Hall in March. Jersey Boys is rated R for language throughout.