It’s 1966 – pop music’s finest era – and a bunch of ramshackle DJs play rock & pop 24 hours a day, broadcasting from Radio Rock, an infamous pirate radio ship in the North Sea. On board arrives 18 year old Carl, who is instantly plunged into a series of hilarious and life-changing adventures and misadventures. His mother thought the boat would straighten him out – spectacular mistake!
Homage To The Music
- The Boat That Rocked review by Jawbreaker
Richard Curtis should know better, or at least how to supply an entertaining experience. Sadly the Boat that Rocked is a shambolic affair, complete with a talented cast who are underused. Most scenes seem to feature a record being played, a witty DJ quote and then cutting to the British public dancing to the music. Such an approach does not make for a decent film. The pirate radio period warrants a documentary to capture the essence and radical nature of the period. The approach of Curtis trying to fashion a film on this topic is little more than a homage, with only the great tunes spurring the viewer on. I would have preferred a braver attempt from Curtis, why not an actual musical than this shabby self indulgent mess?