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Rock Con Artists

A quartet of roguish Czechs with rock star ambitions run afoul of a pet-loving crime boss in slick stoner comedy "Rock Con Artists." Latest from the team behind domestic hits "Snowboarders" and "Rafters" earned solid coin at home, with grittier genre elements suggesting further travel than its teen-centric predecessors.

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With: Jiri Madl, Vojtech Kotek, Martin Pisarik, Michael Beran, Vaclav Postranecky, Klara Jandova.

A quartet of roguish Czechs with rock star ambitions run afoul of a pet-loving crime boss in slick stoner comedy “Rock Con Artists.” Latest from the team behind domestic hits “Snowboarders” and “Rafters” earned solid coin at home, with grittier genre elements suggesting further travel than its teen-centric predecessors.

Pic once again pairs maturing teen idols Jiri Madl and Vojtech Kotek, this time as a womanizing drummer and the dubious brains, respectively, of a power-pop rock band perpetually strapped for cash. Rejected as a supporting band for legend Django (real-life Olympic frontman Petr Janda) because of faulty equipment, they decide to raise money to buy new gear by kidnapping the scrawny yet priapic mongrel dog of local kingpin Boss Salinger (Vaclav Postranecky). As the mongrel seems to have his own agenda, the plan soon backfires chaotically. Success of helmer Karel Janak’s previous pics has served to expand his budgets and focus his freewheeling style, though a running gag of Madl’s improbable sexual conquests grows thin. Madl and Kotek hew close to form. Tech credits are flashy. Parenthetical “c” in the original title is a complicated Czech-language pun relevant only to locals.

Rock Con Artists

Czech Republic

Production: A Falcon release (in the Czech Republic), ITA Film release (in Slovakia) of a Mr. Film, TV Nova, FV plast production. (International sales: Simply Cinema, Prague.) Produced by Marek Stenci. Directed by Karel Janak. Screenplay, Janak, Rudolf Merkner.

Crew: Camera (color), Martin Sacha; editor, Pavel Hrdlicka; music, Miroslav Chyska; production designer, Pavel Rample; costume designer, Michaela Horejsi; co-producer, Frantisek Vondracek. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (market), Feb. 14, 2007. Running time: 103 MIN.

With: With: Jiri Madl, Vojtech Kotek, Martin Pisarik, Michael Beran, Vaclav Postranecky, Klara Jandova.

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