Great World of Sound (3/10)
by Tony Medley
This is a film about song
sharking written, produced, and directed by Craig Zobel, whose father
was a phony record producer, so Craig apparently knows whereof he
writes. Song sharking occurs when people represent themselves as record
producers looking for new talent. They audition prospects and then offer
them a recording session in return for some cash up front. The recording
session never occurs and the money is lost.
Zobel set up his stars,
Martin (Pat Healy) and Clarence (Kene Holliday), in a couple of towns
and actually auditioned real people who thought they were really
auditioning. Afterwards Zobel showed them what was shot of their
auditions and got their permission to use what he shot in the film. If
they didnít agree, he didnít use the film.
As a result, some of this
film is interesting. Unfortunately, there is too much of the auditions
and scam, and too little script, acting, and story, all of which are
superficial, except for Holliday, who is convincing as a scam artist up
from the street.
At 106 minutes, the film is
at least 30 minutes too long. The first hour really drags, but it picks
up a little when Martin and Clarence start to think that maybe they
arenít working for a legitimate company and each reacts differently.
This is yet another film in
which Hollywood tries to capture what itís like in the business world.
Unfortunately, even though Zobelís father knew the business, Hollywood
writers and directors often show their ignorance of the real world of
business by creating unrealistic characters and situations, populated by
equally unrealistic dialogue. This is clearly closer to the mark than
the inept The Last Time earlier this year, but it still is too
cartoonish to establish verisimilitude.