PHYSICAL MEDIA REVIEW
JUNE. 07. 2021.
BLURAY/DVD REVIEW: 'Shoplifters of the World' (2021) [RLJE FILMS]
Stephen Kijak’s Shoplifters of the World is a mere 90 minutes, and while it does move along at a steady pace, there seemed to be a considerable amount of filler within. Instead of allowing the film to adequately cover the hostage takeover of a radio station the night The Smiths broke up, we are forced to watch a group of Smith fans dance, party, and find themselves on that same fateful night. The unfortunate thing is that the glimpses inside the radio station with Dean (Elgar Coltrane, Boyhood) and Full Metal Mickey (Joe Manganiello, True Blood) are the best parts of the film. Even if Coltrane isn’t the best actor among the cast, his character is interesting enough to dismiss some faults of his performance.
If the film would have gone the way of Airheads but with a more sincere, true story vibe, I believe the film could have been a really great time that shows just how much any particular band can mean to one person; so much so that it drives them to hold a radio DJ hostage.
I found a majority of the acting to be adequate for the film, but ultimately lacked the high voltage to shock this film to eleven and make these fans truly have a good time. Instead we are given a story about a young man at the dawn of his recruitment into Reagan’s army trying to discover himself and have a good time while his friends try to change his mind with booze. Nothing here sold me to root for these characters to find happiness, and in the end almost none of them actually did, but instead found numerous conflicts.
If you have a free night and love The Smiths, this might be a film to check out for a minimal fee. If you’re not a fan of The Smiths now, by the end of the film you’ll either love them or hate them. It’s just a shame that Manganiello and Coltrane couldn’t have had a more fleshed out relationship in Shoplifters of the World.
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