Joey (1985)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Rock Musical  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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This is an enjoyable teen comedy-musical that entertains without being saccharine or sarcastic and bridges the gap between the generations -- at least, the generations that like rock music. Joey (Neill Barry) is an aspiring guitarist who takes his father (James Quinn) as a role model -- or to be more accurate, the way his father used to be. In the good old days, Joe Sr. supplied the vocals for a successful rock group, until his love of a nip now and then ended that career. Following in his father's early footsteps, Joey has a rock band that just won an audition to open for a New York Doo-Wopp show of music and musicians from the heyday of Joe Sr. On the way to the rockin' concert finale, Joey and his girlfriend Janie (Elisa Heinsohn) share some light moments in tight situations, and various interpersonal knots get untied. Cameo appearances by The Limelights, the Silhouettes, the Adlibs, the Elegants, Scream-in' Jay Hawkins, and the surviving members of the Teenagers grace the film.

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adolescence, coming-of-age, fame, father, generation-gap, music, pop-music, rock-music, son, songwriter, success, teenagers