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Stoned (Unrated)

Release Date: March 24th, 2006 (Landmark Sunshine Cinemas) by Screen Media Films.
The Cast: Leo Gregory, Paddy Considine, David Morrissey, Ben Whishaw, Tuva Novotny, Amelia Warner, Monet Mazur, Luke De Woolfsoon, James D. White.
Directed by Stephen Wooley.

BASIC PREMISE: Brian Jones (Gregory), founder of the Rolling Stones, lives a life full of sex and drugs until his murder in 1969.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Those who like the Rolling Stones will be disappointed that Leo Gregory gives a mediocre performance as Brian Jones. Unlike the actors who transformed into their roles of famous musicians, i.e. Jamie Foxx as Ray, Jones seems miscast and uncomfortable throughout the film. From the first frame, itís clear that he has been murdered, but the potential mystery/suspense is wondering who committed itóhow and why. However, the rest of the film feels ho-hum and excruciatingly redundant as Jones befriends his home builder (Considine) and fights with his girlfriend Anita (Mazur). He also fights with his band-members, including Mick Jagger (De Woolfsoon), Keith Richards (Whishaw) and Charlie Watts (White). Too many pointless, redundant scenes of nudity, drugs and yelling congest most of Stoned without adding anything provocative or remotely engaging to the dull script. The many flashbacks are confusing and, on top of that, there arenít enough Rolling Stone songs to please the true fans. By the end, itís easy to forget that these characters are all based on real people in music history or any real people for that matter.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: Unfortunately, none.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Boring, redundant plot and unrealistic characters.


IN A NUTSHELL: A boring, confusing plot with mediocre acting and uninspired directing.


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