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Funny, musical and occasionally dramatic, this is the story of tumultuous rise and fall of a Dublin Soul band, The Commitments. Managed by Jimmy Rabbitte, an unemployed wheeler and dealer with a vision to create “The Worlds Hardest Working Band”.

Also Known As: The Commitments: Οι Ροκάδες του Δουβλίνου, The Commitments: Loucos pela Fama, Camino a la fama, The Commitments - Loucos pela Fama, ザ・コミットメンツ, Les Commitments, The Commitments - Oi rokades tou Douvlinou, Los Reyes del Ritmo, Les commitments, Обязательства, Die Commitments, Gençlik ateşi, Loucos pela Fama, Os Commitments, Обязательства Soviet, Los Commitments, The Commitments, Музика за душата

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  • abdalhamed
    abdalhamed

    I’m not robot, and i read all the comments!

  • valentina-maksimov
    valentina maksimov

    The music makes this a very entertaining film but there are severe drawbacks: at least to people who aren’t familiar with the accents or maybe don’t approve a the Lord’s name in vain or the f-word said every two seconds as the Irish do in this film.The singers in this film are good, particularly the lead singer who, supposedly, was only 16 years of age when this film was made (but he looks 30). He has a great “soul” voice. The story is interesting and there is some good humor in her, too.The bad news is that it portrays the Irish as extremely profane people who do nothing but scream at each other and tell each other to f-off. That wears thin after awhile. Everyone says this: young and old. One hopes this isn’t representative of the entire country.The movie also has as one of the characters an older trumpet player who is portrayed as a “religious” man who wears crosses and says the Lord told him to do this and do that. Hen then proceeds to have sex with every female in the group. Talk about anti-religious cheap shot. Well, that’s typical of filmmakers.In a nutshell: great music, fairly interesting story, but profane, blasphemous and full of scummy people.

  • alla-bandura
    alla bandura

    I was sit very bored a hot July afternoon when I turned on the TV & I began to watch a movie. At the beginning, it was a simple cable movie, nothing too relevant. But as the minutes began to pass I was more & more interested in it. It’s a great movie, very fun to see. The plot is quite simple: a group of guys that want to start a band, & all the process of formation, development & division of the band, named The Commitments. Also shows the different aspects on the life of this guys, including the manager, who seems to be the protagonist of the movie (Jimmy Rabbitte). There are great performances like Deco Cuffe, the singer, who sings like the angels but behaves in a very arrogant, stupid & childish way ( Is this guy really a pro singer???), Imelda (gorgeous), Joey “the lips” (like an old wolf teaching the younger cubs), etc. Also I have to say that in this movie appears, although in a secondary role, one of the most beautiful women I ever saw: Andrea Corr. Andrea, here is one of your humble servants…Can I say I love you? HEHE

  • matthew-jackson-md
    matthew jackson md

    Putting together a band is never easy. This is a refreshing look at the woes of a band… and the soul music is great too…The lead singer sounds so much like Joe Cocker it was scary…. fun and more.

  • jaqueline-pichardo
    jaqueline pichardo

    This movie kicks! These street band guys that all get together thanks to their buddy Jimmy Rabitte for a Soul Band in the heart of Dublin. Who’d a thought! The music is fabulos, the story and plot believeable down to the very last scene. Based on friends of mine in the music business, this is so close to real. This has some of the greatest soul I’ve heard in a long time. I constantly play the CD in my car, and watch the DVD at home. Since 1991 I’ve been hooked! And I’m proud of it!

  • jacqueline-welch
    jacqueline welch

    Bring a bunch of destitute Dubliners together to form a soul band. Crazy? No, brilliant. Jimmy Rabbitte is the young man with the dream. He’s unemployed (who isn’t?) but that’s OK because he has the idea, the passion that will change everything. Drawing from the down-and-out youth of Dublin he’s going to put together the world’s greatest band. And he has just one type of music in mind: soul. Does this make any sense? Not to anybody else. But Jimmy’s got the vision. And somehow it all begins to come together. His band, The Commitments, is on its way. But it’s not a straight ride to the top. There will be struggles and conflicts and life lessons along the way. But the journey is worth it because, despite all the odds stacked against them, it turns out The Commitments are one heck of a band. Playing their wonderful, unique, rockin’ Dublin soul.It’s a great ensemble cast that makes up this movie’s band. Robert Arkins plays Jimmy, the guy who brings it all together. And then the musicians do their thing. Never for a moment do you not buy into these performers as a real band. Their acting is fine but it’s the music they play that makes the movie shine. Unlike so many other movies of this type almost all the singing and playing is actually done by the actors themselves. And when The Commitments cut loose this movie rocks. Jimmy Rabbitte might take exception to that. It’s not rock, it’s soul. Whatever it is it’s absolutely bursting with energy. And that is thanks largely to one exceptionally talented young man. While everyone in the band plays their role well there’s no way around it, Andrew Strong is the star. Unbelievably just 16 years old when the film was made, Strong plays lead singer Deco Cuffe. And he’s got the voice of a singing god with the charisma and star power to match. But there’s a problem. Deco is a completely insufferable jerk. Everyone else in the band hates him, and rightly so. Deco may well tear this group apart.The movie follows the band’s rise, with all the drama Deco causes threatening a fall before they hit the big time. Which would be a shame because this band is awesome. When first thrown together they understandably make a stuttering start. But once they get their act together they are something to behold. The music they play is fantastic and it makes the movie so much fun. Whether performing a tender ballad or a really rocking number The Commitments hit all the right notes as they run through a soul classics songbook. Try A Little Tenderness and In The Midnight Hour are two obvious highlights but every song really works, not a musical misstep to be found. The music is so great it largely overshadows the rest of the film. The story largely takes a back seat but there are plenty of good moments in between the big musical numbers too. For as good as he is on stage Strong is also excellent portraying the boorish lout Deco offstage as well. Arkins is terrific as band manager Jimmy, holding his band of misfits together. One other standout is Johnny Murphy as Joey ‘The Lips’ Fagan. He’s the wise old hand of the group, a trumpet-playing philosopher who’s played with all the greats. Here is a man who appreciates the journey. He also appreciates the opportunity to bed the band’s three lovely female backup singers. The band in this movie goes on a magical ride. And lucky us, we get to go along. This movie is a rollicking good time. Dublin soul rocks.

  • kibar-firat
    kibar firat

    Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) is a small time hustler selling pirated tapes and T-shirts. Outspan Foster (Glen Hansard) and Derek Scully (Ken McCluskey) ask Jimmy to manage their wedding band. Jimmy declares that they need to be a hard working Soul band. He puts an ad in the papers and it’s a parade of wrong music. His Elvis loving dad (Colm Meaney) doesn’t get it. Sax playing Dean Fay (Félim Gormley) is the first brought into the band. Billy Mooney (Dick Massey) is the drummer. Jimmy gets Natalie Murphy (Maria Doyle Kennedy), Imelda Quirke (Angeline Ball) and Bernie McGloughlin (Bronagh Gallagher) as the backup singers. After watching a drunken Deco Cuffe (Andrew Strong) sing at the wedding, he gets him as the lead singer. Joey “The Lips” Fagan (Johnny Murphy) is the womanizing experienced trumpet player who comes up with their name “The Commitments”. He hires the volatile Mickah Wallace (Dave Finnegan) as their security.This is fun. It’s great music. The cast is mostly musicians trying their hands at acting. Some of them would become quite interesting. It’s based on the first of novelist Roddy Doyle’s lower class Barrytown trilogy. It’s heart warming and then sadly inevitable. The portrayal of the Irish lower class is one of loving profanity. The one word I would use is life. This movie is full of life. The movie could have ended with something predictable but this way it’s poetry.

  • hannah-alpaidis-nieuwstraten
    hannah alpaidis nieuwstraten

    For Gary who felt that the dialogue was too fast and difficult to understand, may I suggest a weekend in Dublin to help him get to grips with English as it is spoken here? The dialogue, and the speed at which it is spoken, is representative of how people in Dublin speak. If you don’t understand it then please don’t diss the film on this basis; it’s not the fault of the script. As for subtitles, I think a translation might be more use to you!Other Roddy Doyle books, and their subsequent films, are reflections of the early 1990s in Dublin. Times were hard, money was short, but the basic goodness of the people shines through. Bad language, sure. But at the end of it genuine people, with genuine lives, and this film sums it up in style.

  • jessica-do-loureiro
    jessica do loureiro

    I know this is my second review/comment about The Commitments ( my first one being over four years ago) but I gotta say I just watched it for the first time with the “closed-captioning” on, and it’s like a whole new movie for me!! I highly recommend this to everyone who’s ever watched the movie and I’ll guarantee you’ll be amazed at what you missed in dialog. As many times as I’ve watched the movie, I always picked up a little more (dialog-wise) than the previous time. Now I know the whole story & all the background dialog. It’s almost like a “Director’s Cut” or the “Uncut” version. Don’t knock it till you try it! Still my #1 favorite movie.On a side note, I’m sure most of you know Glen Hansard, who played “Outspan” in the movie won an Academy Award for Best Original Song this year from the movie “Once”. I bought the movie used at Blockbuster for $5,just on the strength of the box’s liner notes. I loved the movie, but had no clue the male lead was “Outspan”. But the more I looked at his facial expressions, especially his eyes, I kept saying to myself,God, I know this guy! Picked up my Commitments DVD, but no actors names were on the box, so I got my Commitments CD Soundtrack out and sure enough, Glen Hansard’s name was listed. If you haven’t seen the movie(“Once”)give it a try. It’s got some great songs in it( almost all original, written by Glen and his co-star Marketa Irglova) Well, that’s enough for me. I’ll write some more in another four years. Marty

  • zachary-wall
    zachary wall

    Being Irish may help your enjoyment levels with this movie, but it is not essential. The soundtrack in itself is classic. There are not very many likable characters in the movie, but you will like the movie anyway. Colm Meaney as Dad/Elvis fanatic is hysterical.

  • dr-arisoy-ergonul-ihsanoglu
    dr arisoy ergonul ihsanoglu

    That’s quite a billing, but by the end of the film I can almost guarantee that you’ll feel the group have lived up to it. If only they’d managed to hold it together – but then it wouldn’t have been poetry…I can’t be anymore blunt and truthful than to say that I adore this film. Right from its visually plain credits, the restless Irish soul music performed entirely by the youthful cast should get your feet tapping. Then Alan Parker takes us to an urban landscape that might be gray, but by God it’s bustling. We can relate to Jimmy Rabitte immediately: the youthful entrepreneur who has innate confidence in his own salesmanship, and in his pre-fame existence grants imaginary interviews from the comfort of his bathtub. He’s approached to provide guidance for some friends who are struggling to make their mark as musicians. Soon they have a direction and are banding together by applying for more members. A call is sent out far and wide that the Irish brothers are in need of some soul…Almost every member of the group is memorable and has their own particular idiosyncrasies. There’s a palpable sense of adventure as they start out and their potential rapidly expands, because when they’re on stage together they click. All of this success is undercut in a typically understated and deadpan example of Irish wit from Jimmy Rabitte Sr. He himself fancies the perks of stardom but isn’t brave enough to pursue them, so instead is limited to crooning into a sauce bottle at home. In a very funny film its one of several memorable roles, but this time with a recognisable face playing it: Colm Meaney of “Star Trek” and “Con Air” fame. He isn’t the only ‘hidden talent’ in the family either – look out for Andrea Corr as Jimmy Jr’s younger sister! Natural performances and earthy humour combined with raw talent make this a winner from start to finish. Please don’t miss this, otherwise you’ll kick yourself. I’m very tempted to give a good shake to anybody who hasn’t seen it yet, myself. It’s an absolutely fantastic film!

  • stacy-walters
    stacy walters

    I first saw this movie on Pay Per View on a Sunday morning. It was probably the best movie I saw the entire year. Funny, great music, and also kinda touching in a way.

  • erik-bjorklund
    erik bjorklund

    This movie is by far one of the greatest. The music is fantastic. The comedy aspect is hilarious (imagine naming your band And And And…). Giving you a sense of the real black souls of Dublin in the bodies of working class white kids, this movie touches on the good in life, hard in life and just plain humorous side of life. Having a mom obsessed with Elvis Presley brought home great memories and Colm Meaney is the best obsessed fan ever. The soundtrack features song sung by Jimmy Rabbitt himself – you may find his voice annoying during destination anywhere, but man, that boy can sing!! The cast is original, talented and truly believable in their roles. If you like music and comedy you will LOVE The Commitments!

  • nadezda-antonov
    nadezda antonov

    The Commiments holds a very unique place in Irish modern movie history. For a start you have to understand that the Dublin that the film was shot in was incredibly bleak in the early ’90’s. Unemployemt was huge, money was scarce etc. When the film opened in Dublin it was a genuine phenomenon. The biggest cinema in Dublin (The Savoy) showed the picture around the clock on it’s opening weekend and it played to pretty much full houses at all shows. I watched, for the 4th time, with a crowd of approx 500 at 6.00am on Sunday and the atmosphere was electric. This was a film we could relate to, it was about us and where we lived. Suffice to say it was a monster hit in Ireland at the time. I was working in the cinema business at the time (managing UCI) and I was lucky enough to be at the premiere. When the cast were introduced one by one the roof lifted. I attended the party where The Commitments (all of them) played in a tiny club on the docks called The Waterfront and to say that was pretty special is an understatement. To this day I’m still friend with Dick Massey (Billy Mooney) and and from to time to time he will remissness about his time with the film. The Commitments only played live together three times, the Dublin premiere, the NY premiere the LA premiere. I saw then in their home town! While the movie is certainly flawed it is still a classic for it’s time.

  • oskari-mustonen-karki
    oskari mustonen karki

    A comedy about the rise and fall of a band in Dublin. This film is really funny and energetic, but you’ll probably need to like the music to really enjoy it. The Commitments are a rough and ready group of kids that get together with an aging trumpeter Joey ‘The Lips’ Fagan. I’m not sure whether the cast were singers or actors before the film, but they’re certainly pretty good at both during the film. The band plays ‘Black’ soul and the films set piece concerts make the story fairly zip along. Joey tells stories about all the famous musicians he’s played with, but is he telling the truth ? When he arranges for a jam between the Commitments and Wilson Pickett we are going to find out … or are we ?

  • nuray-jacob
    nuray jacob

    In what may have been Alan Parker’s (happy birthday, Alan!) best movie ever, a gaggle of working-class youths in Dublin decide to form a soul band. It’s hard for say which is the movie’s best aspect: the look at working-class life in Ireland, or the soundtrack. You feel a little depressed seeing people’s lives – as expected, families have more children than anyone cares to count – but also feel like jumping up and dancing as they play their music.Anyway, “The Commitments” is a really great little movie. The great soundtrack, fascinating characters, and other things combine to create something that everyone should see. I guess that any Roddy Doyle novel adapted into a movie starring Colm Meaney is sure to come out masterful (the others were “The Snapper” and “The Van”).

  • irena-tkach
    irena tkach

    I’ve just watched ‘The Commitments’ for about the 100 time and everytime I see it it’s like watching it for the very first time. It doesn’t get very much better than this, let me tell you that!Some really superb acting by Andrew Strong. Even if he’s not really an actor, is he. I’ve seen him live once, as for summer of 1998 in the very south of Sweden, and he was terrific!However, as written the movie was really superb with lots of views of how some people live in Ireland.That’s all for me,Regards,Jens Jadesjö.

  • glenn-graves
    glenn graves

    This is the simple and captivating story of Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins, fantastic like the whole cast), a young guy who decides to form a soul band in Dublin, and all the amazing people who join him. They’ve got musical talent and big dreams, but is that enough to climb to the top (and stay there)? Alan Parker has made some very diverse films (“Midnight Express”, “Angel Heart”, “Mississippi Burning”, “Angela’s Ashes”) in his long career, but you can see that music is in his blood and one of his favourite themes (“Bugsy Malone”, “Fame”, “Pink Floyd The Wall”, “Evita”). He orchestrates a mostly unknown cast (which includes a very young Glen Hansard, from the recent hit “Once”) in a tale of hope, determination, and great music. The British have a great eye for the bittersweet side of life and misfits in general (“The Full Monty”, “Little Voice”, “Billy Elliot” are fine examples), often with music as an important factor in the background (coincidence? I don’t think so!). “The Commitments” is a beautiful, cheerful film, as passionate and memorable as Cameron Crowe’s masterpiece “Almost Famous”, and certainly one of the best music films of all time. 10/10.

  • jeremy-baker
    jeremy baker

    I love this film. Everything about it might seem like it is just another cliche ridden story about the rise and fall of a band, but this movie is totally different somehow. It rises above anything previous in its genre. The characters are all both interesting, and their personality flaws are used to greatly illustrate the ending of the movie. The writing was superb, and acting from a cast of mostly unknowns top notch. The musical sequences were great, and served as an introduction for me to the songs and artists that they covered. Colm Meaney was hilarious as the very skeptical father of Jimmy.

  • elise-aasen
    elise aasen

    Alan Parker’s brilliant directing effort on THE COMMITMENTS really shines. More than an entertaining spectacle, it has a whole lot of influence on the soul music circuit. Shots of Dublin city life are nicely photographed. The musical acts are extremely well talented and well done, if only the occasional dialogue breaks didn’t interrupt the awesome sound. There could’ve been some more new tunes instead of old ones, but it’s amazing to discover the fictional band’s lead singer pull them off out of his lungs. Phenomenal! At least you can try to find the soundtrack album. One thing stands out the best: the casting. We need more of today’s movies to do the same thing: to provide creative acting talents. The musical genre of modern Hollywood needed something like this to keep it afloat. Highly recommended!

  • pan-krzysztof-gogola
    pan krzysztof gogola

    My one line summary consists of the most profound statement in the movie. “Jimmy “The Lips” Fagin telling “Brother Rabbitte” what he has achieved, when Jimmy thinks he has achieved “Nuttin'”.That being said, I am overjoyed at the amount of people giving their wonderful comments about my favorite movie of all time.I can’t tell you all the people I’ve turned on to this movie. I remember I didn’t see the movie when it first came out, then they came out with some god-awful TV series kinda based on the movie (Americanized, of course),which,thank god, met a quick & merciful death. I bought the VHS version, then the Laserdisc version, then the DVD, and am now awaiting the 2 disc special DVD, just released, to come in the mail.I have watched this film countless times & never get tired of it. I’ve even pretty much deciphered the dialogue(try reading the book sometime,if you think the movie is hard to understand!)One of my most prized possessions is a “Commitments” Promotional kit consisting of a “Making of” tape and a booklet about the movie in a photo-illustrated 6×15 box that I bought from a long-closed video store about 10 yrs ago. I also found the ellusive “Commitments Vol.2” CD in a “cut-out” bin about the same time.Anyway,I love the movie, and the whole premise of taking a bunch of unknown,talented, singers & musicians,with pretty much no hope of rising above their surroundings individually,and put them together to form “The Hardest Working Band in Show Business”.To me, the highlight & peak of the band(and movie) was when they played “Try a Little Tenderness”. It still gives me goosebumps & brings a mist to my eyes,whenever I see it.I’m still in love with Natalie & Imelda!! And Deco(Andrew Strong) only being 16yrs old!!I always hoped there would be a “Part 2”, but as Joey said to Jimmy(after the band broke up) “The success of the band was irrelevent.You raised their expectations of life, you lifted their horizons. Sure, we could have been successful, & made albums & stuff, but that would have been predictable. This way…it’s poetry”. What a wonderful philosophy. That whole scene will never leave my mind.

  • sviatoslava-korsun
    sviatoslava korsun

    I first heard of the Commitments when I heard someone playing the soundtrack on their car radio. I quickly bought myself a copy and played it about 10 times a day – the music and the singing were unlike anything I’d ever heard before, even though all the songs are covers.It wasn’t until about 6 months later that the film was on an obscure cable channel, and I literally got goosebumps as soon as the opening credits rolled with “Treat her right”. It was so incredible to actually see the characters performing the songs that I’d grown to love. It all became complete actually seeing the story unfold, and by the end you’re really rooting for the band to succeed. When they perform “Try a Little Tenderness” I’ve never managed to watch that scene without tears in my eyes, it’s such a fantastic version of the song and the energy Andrew Strong brings to it is just incredible, especially as he was only 16 at the time.Anyone who loves music has to see this film, even you’re not familiar with soul music – I promise you’ll be hooked after seeing The Commitments!

  • karl-webb
    karl webb

    The first time I saw “The Commitments” I got surprised because it doesn’t seem to be a Hollywood-like movie (talking about money) but it’s a great example of good script and great performance of the actors/singers. When you see the movie, it seems to be a real-life-documentary.The music is great! And the best of all is that some of The Commitments’ members really play and sing… I recommend to buy the soundtrack (Vols. 1 & 2) if you really are a fan of soul-music. You’re gonna love it!Really… it’s one of the best movies that I’ve seen! It’s a movie made with the Soul!

  • lufen-yildirim
    lufen yildirim

    I’ve lived in Detroit all my life, and the great soul music of the 1960’s and 70’s which was created here (and is still enjoyed here) is featured throughout “The Commitments.” The Irish lads and lasses really do up the soul staples, from “Try a Little Tenderness” to “Mustang Sally.” The actual musical talent is reinforced by the strong character development, industrial setting (North Dublin), and masterful plot, adapted from the novel of the same name by Roddy Doyle. “Say it once, say it loud…I’m black and I’m proud,” is never more irreverently humorous than when questionably repeated by Jimmy Rabbite’s soul disciples. I own this film, and I could watch it over and over. The soundtrack is excellent, and the pop culture references throughout the movie are hilarious (especially during the audition scene.) This film delighted both the hard-core Detroiter in me, as well as the Irish lass. The working class Irish youth depicted in the movie are sincere, and so is their project, The Commitments. (All the great bands were a “The …”)

  • laurens-gerritse
    laurens gerritse

    I must confess that this is my favorite movie of all time, and the music plays a large part of why I enjoy it so much. Don’t expect stellar acting in this movie unless you want to be let down–though make no mistake, the acting is certainly adequate. The key players in this movie were not chosen for their acting abilities, but rather for their musical talent. The people you see on stage in the movie are the same people who play the music you hear. (If you appreciate soul music, do not pass up the chance to purchase The Commitments Vol. I and Vol. II.) And what a talented assembly of musicians they brought together for this movie. Most astonishing is the lead vocals of prodigy Andrew Strong (playing lead singer Deco Cuffe) whom, at 16 years old at the time of filming, possesses “a voice that Bob Geldof would starve for.” More than anything, this film is about hope. It is about the hopes and dreams of a handful of poor north side Dubliners striving to beat the odds and make something of themselves. The film follows the near-rise and eventual fall of a band that, on the verge of a record deal, could not bear to watch success interfere with their destiny to remain destitute. But was destitution their destiny after all? “Success of the band was irrelevant,” the main protagonist and band manager is told moments after the band breaks up. “You raised their expectations of life–you lifted their horizons!” And indeed, the epilogue reveals that, even though the band itself was a failure, virtually every band member had achieved a greater level of personal achievement than they had hoped for before they had joined the band. This is a movie about the raw appeal of soul music; it is a movie about Dubliners; it is a movie about the economic conditions in general that grip Ireland; it is a movie about poor folks who endlessly toil in the vain hope that they can make ends meet. But more than anything, it is a movie about how hope alone can be the ultimate salvation of of those who have nothing else to look forward to.

  • mr-norman-brown
    mr norman brown

    Who needs expensive movie stars when a group of unknowns can light up the screen like this lot?On paper, it sounds like a failure – a cast comprising almost entirely of untrained and untested performers, set in working class Dublin, based on the novella by Roddy Doyle. By God, does it defy expectations.Jimmy Rabbitte is a working class Dublin lad who’s been collecting unemployment benefits for two years. But he dreams of bigger things, namely making it big in the music industry. He sets out to form a soul band, and assembles a motley crew of musicians and singers, most of whom don’t know each other and many of whom can’t stand each other.The look of the film is gritty and realistic – nothing is glossed over. North Dublin is presented in all it’s glory. The home lives of the band members are depicted warts and all – their private lives set the scene for the inevitable personality clashes that are almost as explosive as the music. In the mix is the unique character of the Irish people – at one point Jimmy enters a tenement block and, as he waits for the lift, looks over to see a boy with a horse. “You aren’t taking that in the lift, are you?” he asks. “I have to,” the boy replies. “The stairs would kill him.”The real star of the show is the music – this film spawned two hugely successful soundtrack albums. The band members were cast partly due to their musical ability, and the results are superlative. The stand out is Andrew Strong as Deco – would you believe this kid was only 16 when the film was made? His amazing voice belies his tender years, and suggests that he’s been smoking a packet a day since the age of about four. At the end of the day with is a fine ensemble piece, much like the band. The acting may be a little wonky at times, but the hysterical dialogue makes up for that.Most remarkably, this is a feel good film that does not rely on any of the conventional feel good plot devices. There are no group hugs, no plot conveniences, no trite happy endings. Just a shrewdly observed and wittily captured human story about people who dream of making it out of their dreary world. And isn’t that something we can all relate to?