After just listening to The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds on vinyl this afternoon, I was probably in the perfect mood for the Boat that Rocked trailer that magically appeared via electronical mail in my electronic mail box. I admit to being a sucker for any movie with a solid soundtrack from the 1960s and 1970s. I’m also a sucker for any movie with a giant cast of great actors telling the story of people giving the audible middle finger to the man.

The spirit of rebellion is definitely alive in this trailer, and it’s looking like this movie will shape up to be another fantastic story from writer/director Richard Curtis. So what happens when you toss Phillip Seymour Hoffman (channeling his own Lester Bangs a bit), Rhys Ifans, Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy, and Nick Frost onto a boat transmitting the only Rock ‘n’ Roll music that Britain’s got?

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Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. If there’s anything we’ve come to expect from Richard Curtis, it’s an interesting story rooted in compelling, interestingly wacky characters. People who don’t seem to take anything seriously, but have a serious passion deep down. It looks like most of the film will have a free spirit while it builds to a strong, bittersweet confrontation between The Man and a bunch of kids just trying to have fun and grow Fu Manchus.

What do you think? Would I look good with a Fu Manchu? Of course I would.

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