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I Wanna Hold Your Hand- The Movie Reviewed

Its not 1978 any more.  Its not 1964 any more.  Its 2018 and the world couldn’t be a more different place.  Our idols are prepackaged and served to us in social media.  There are so many idols to chose from that well swells of hundreds of thousands taking up city blocks for a glimpse simply no longer happens. Well contained human stalls perhaps orderly, bag checked, metal wanded clean and tidy.

But 1964?  Hell things got crazy as The Beatles stormed NYC more girls fainted and the roar of their screams are forever documented in grainy footage. In 1978 a little film called “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” was released with the tag line  “some girls will do anything to meet their idols” cashing in on hopes of whore-like groupie behavior I suppose since 2 of the pivotal characters in the film are male- anyway….

So the girls from Jersey flirt with a boy to get a limo to get to the city.  A drunken greaser bad boy hops in the car and the adventure begins as each girl tries to get to the Fab Four for their own unique reasons.  Campy? yes. Poorly acted? yes. Plenty of inconsistencies? yes.  All the negative point outs cannot overpower the fact that the film is just fun.  Wendi Jo Sperber hashtag ‘where is she now’ is adorable as the Paul obsessed bumbling big girl, Nancy Allen as the sexually charged engaged chick who I do believe may have masturbated on Paul’s bass.

Police, security guards, condiment fetish, flashbulbs, Beatles feet and really shitty vocal impersonations make this a B+ movie fun  if you have 90 minutes to kill. The high points?  They didn’t recreate the band.  Actual footage was used when one of the boys needed to be seen- so kudos for not attempting to find dead ringers. The appropriate placement of songs- this caught my ear pretty strong, but well placed tracks are never a bad thing. The ending was charming everyone got their wish so smiles all around.

I’m brand new to the whole Beatles craze.  Yep over 50 years later I actually became a fan. So as I often say, everything old is brand new to me.  Never one to follow blindly and actually I actively turn away from anything ‘everyone’ is crazy about- by the time I get around to appreciating it, the lines have died down and the site line improves.  Unfortunately for me The Beatles are 50% dead and 25% annoying (leaving Paul the only one I would kill to see and John and George 2 I’d die to see, dig?)

Nothing you can see that isn’t shown- so you’ll have to get this on Amazon cuz everyone’s forgotten it existed.


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