The Music Never Stopped is a dramedy starring J.K. Simmons as a father who attempts to reconnect with his son, with whom he lost contact with twenty years earlier.
The son, Gabriel, has a brain tumor that prevents him from forming new memories. An experimental therapy using music to reestablish connections in the boy’s brain leads the father to connect with the son through music, most of which the father does not like or understand. Eventually, the father learns of the son’s love for The Grateful Dead, and the two journey to a concert to see the band perform.
I don’t know for sure when the movie takes place, but I think it’s the 80s, as Jerry Garcia, maker of Cherry Garcia ice cream, is now dead. Gratefully.
The Music Never Stopped is the directorial debut of Jim Kohlberg. The film has a couple of writers, but it appears to be based upon an essay by Oliver Sacks. The essay was entitled “The Last Hippie.” I think that title refers to Gabriel, who is still sorta a hippie, even though the 70s are over, man.
Who’s It For?
No rating yet, but likely PG-13.
Movie Release Date
March 4, 2011.
Who’s In It?
Julia Ormond … Dianne Daley
J.K. Simmons … Henry Sawyer
Lou Taylor Pucci … Gabriel Sawyer
Tammy Blanchard … Tamara
Mía Maestro … Celia
Cara Seymour … Helen Sawyer
Scott Adsit … Doctor Biscow
Alex Ziwak … Stage Security
Joe Urban … Stage Security
Kelly AuCoin … Dr. Gilbert
Peggy Gormley … Florence
Memento, Phenomena, The Lookout, Eternal Sunshine on the Spotless Mind, The Bourne Identity, other films about memory loss.
What’s Good About It?
I love J.K. Simmons, and the trailer looks really good. I have no doubt that Simmons will pull off the tough guy father who softens routine.
What’s Bad About It?
The Music Never Stopped is a Grateful Dead song. I’m not a big fan of theirs. Actually, it isn’t the Dead I have a problem with, it’s their fans. Get a job, hippies.
Our Clever Prediction
No doubt the box office won’t be huge, but it may be respectable, and there’s an off chance of an Oscar nom for the film. You never know, man.