The Music Never Stopped (2011)


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 Scoop

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

Related Movies

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.

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  1. First of all, Jerry didn’t “make” Cherry Garcia, he lent his name to it…. for a charitable cause.

    Second, your grateful he’s dead? Because you don’t like his music? His fans? what an ass.

  2. This looks like a fun happy movie for hippies or anyone else other than the fuckhead who wants everyone to get a job.

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