Eager to shift thoughts away from the Troubles during the 1970s, music fanatic Terri Hooley (Richard Dormer) opens a record store, 'Good Vibrations', in the heart of one of Belfast's roughest districts. As the shop gains a loyal following, Terri starts a small record label with the aim of launching some of the local bands, including The Undertones whose first single, 'Teenage Kicks', is championed by legendary Radio 1 DJ John Peel...
- Good Vibrations review by Sortilege
This is the first movie about Punk that I've really enjoyed. Partly because of the general chutzpah that ensures the film never lets up for a minute; partly for the skillful and intelligent use of news footage to illustrate the Troubles for those who may know nothing about them. Mainly, though, it shows Punk in a setting which makes sense for the whole aesthetic. Terri Hooley says during the last scene where he's addressing 2000 punks during a concert at the Royal Ulster Hall that New York Punks have the haircuts, London has the trousers, but Belfast has the reason for the existence of Punk itself, In a city where over 3000 people were shot, blown up, beaten and burned to death over 30 years, the pure and elemental joy of Punk seems like the only answer possible, leaving the cynical money-making machine of McLaren and Westwood in the dark. After all, John Peel said that the Undertones' Teenage Kicks gave him the best 2 1/2 minutes of his life.