An intelligent, engaging pic about a youngster who’s into the rock ‘n’ roll music of the 1950s.
Joey (Neill Barry), age 17, likes to play guitar the way his dad, Joe Sr (James Quinn) used to. In fact, Joe Sr was lead singer for a rock group, the Delsonics, before falling on hard times and taking to the bottle. Joey and his high school friends have formed a group of their own, and they win a successful audition to play backup to some of the original 1950s and 1960s groups due to appear in the Royal New York Doo-Wopp Show, to be held at Radio City. Show’s creator and producer Frankie Lanz plays himself in the film.
Leads are excellent, with Barry a very personable hero, Elisa Heinsohn a charming heroine and Quinn managing to give Joey’s has-been father genuine dimension.