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Idlewild

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Released 2006

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Director:
Bryan Barber
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
A musical set in the Prohibition-era American South, where a speakeasy performer and club manager Rooster must contend with gangsters who have their eyes on the club while his piano player and partner Percival must choose between his love, Angel or his obligations to his father.

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  • 70

    Variety

    Achieves magic--something sorely missing from so many movies these days--and does so via a philosophy of respect, but not reverence, for what's come before it; it never recycles, i...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    Patton and Benjamin can both hold the screen and are great in their musical sequences, but sorry, they aren't actors -- Terrence Howard, as the villain Trumpy, blows them into dust...

  • 40

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The joint doesn't jump in the musical Idlewild; it just twitches and stumbles. As much a missed opportunity as a terrible tease.

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    Themes

    hip soundtrack, love triangle, love story, musical numbers, music and dancing