Editors' pick

24 Hour Party People

24 Hour Party People movie poster
MPAA rating: R
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Weekend's Richard Harrington says "the film's grainy, jittery, speed-fueled look perfectly reflects the anarchic energy of the scene it chronicles." Style's David Segal says the film is "smart and grabby enough to work even if you think 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' is a bummer of a fortune cookie rather than a Joy Division tune."
Starring: John Simm, Paddy Considine, Steve Coogan, Shirley Henderson, Lennie James
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Release: Opened Aug 9, 2002
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Editorial Review

Principal cast: Steve Coogan, Paddy Considine, Sean Harris and Danny Cunningham and others.

Behind the camera: Director Michael Winterbottom and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce are something of a team, having collaborated on "The Claim" and "Welcome to Sarajevo." Boyce also wrote "Hilary and Jackie."

The skinny: In this drama based on a true story, TV news reporter Tony Wilson (Coogan) is so enlivened by a Sex Pistols concert in the 1970s, he persuades his television station to televise one of their performances. They become a sensation. And just as instantly, Manchester's punk bands clamor for Wilson to manage them. Wilson creates Factory Records, which launches the careers of such bands as Joy Division, New Order (who formed from the remnants of Joy Division), James and the Happy Mondays.

Points of interest: The movie's shot in semi-documentary style, with Wilson narrating his own life. Coogan has a cult following in England for his television comedy shows, particularly as the goofy character Alan Partridge. Between this movie and the upcoming comedy "The Parole Officer," he might become a household name in the United States.

-- Desson Howe, Weekend