"Thank You, Good Night" replays truisms from the rock band road movie subgenre, but with little sense of what keeps rock bands -- and movies about them -- fresh. Pic is competently staged and shot in numerous mid-Atlantic seaboard and inland locales, where pic's fictional band, the Handy Kaufmans, ventures from faltering gig to gig.

“Thank You, Good Night” replays truisms from the rock band road movie subgenre, but with little sense of what keeps rock bands — and movies about them — fresh. Pic is competently staged and shot in numerous mid-Atlantic seaboard and inland locales, where pic’s fictional band, the Handy Kaufmans, ventures from faltering gig to gig. Gentle account of band members trying to overcome problems plays too schematically to give the real feeling of playing music as if your life depended on it. Pleasant playdates at tiny fests will precede a narrow possibility for ancillary spins.

The band’s contemplative drummer, Lee (Christian Campbell), gets flack from his dad (Mark Hamill) for wasting his time with music or his other love, carpentry. He forges ahead, however, even when the Kaufmans’ bassist injures himself and their manager, Big Frank (Jay Leggett), mismanages nearly everything. Love seems to be in the air with new bassist Trixie (Lara Boyd Rhodes), but her character is only one of many victims of the script’s excessively contrived set of obstacles.

Thank You, Good Night

Production

A Burkhardt/Griffith Prods. presentation in association with Deeper Magic Communications. Produced by Robert Zimmer Jr., Inman Young, Chuck Griffith. Executive producers, Brandon Lyons, Scott Burkhardt. Co-producer, Angelo Spizzirri. Directed by Chuck Griffith. Screenplay, Chris Provenzano, Robert Zimmer Jr., Griffith; story, Provenzano.

Crew

Camera (Deluxe color), Matthew Irving; editor, Gloria Rosa Vela; music, Christopher Hoag; music supervisor, David G. Powell; production designer, Madla Hruza; costume designer, Roger Forker; sound, Dennis Grzesik; supervising sound editor, Jeremy Hoenack; assistant directors, Pierre L. Lorillard, Lynnette M. Myers; casting, Mark Tillman, Mindy Johnson-Plate, Nelia Morago. Reviewed on videotape, L.A., Aug. 16, 2002. (In Dances With Films.) Running time: 104 MIN.

With

Christian Campbell, Lara Boyd Rhodes, John Paul Pitoc, Jay Leggett, Scott Burkhardt, Nicole Eggert, Mark Hamill, Sally Kirkland.
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