Shoplifters of the World (2021)

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1987. Denver, Co. One crazy night in the life of four friends reeling from the sudden demise of iconic British band The Smiths, while the local airwaves are hijacked at gunpoint by an impassioned Smiths fan.




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27 March 2021 | Strange-Beacons
| A movie about hardcore fans of The Smiths aimed directly at hardcore fans of The Smiths.
A movie about hardcore fans of The Smiths aimed directly at hardcore fans of The Smiths.

People are either going to love or hate this film, I'm sure. I fall somewhere on the "loved it" side, but only just barely.

The first thing that you will notice is that there is an overuse of Smiths lyrics in almost every scene. Sometimes that worked, sometimes it didn't. Where it did work is when you don't sense it coming, and then it will make you smile. But where it did not work, I found myself cringing slightly, as the use of a lyric at that moment felt a bit too forced, even campy, and I got the feeling that maybe the actors themselves were cringing, too.

But lovers of The Smiths will appreciate all of the inside jokes and will probably enjoy this film much more than they will be willing to admit.

Try not to take this one too seriously, say, along the lines of a John Hughes film, which this movie seemingly aspires to be the "anti" of (you'll see what I mean during one particular scene).

I also really enjoyed all of the scenes between the heavy metal radio DJ and the obsessed Smiths fan hijacker and the eventual bonding that occurs

I'm giving this a much higher rating than it probably deserves, mainly because I'm a true Smiths fan and because we need more movies that explore the 80s and the music scenes of that era.

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James Frecheville was attached to one of the leading roles.


I Know It's Over
Written by
Morrissey (as Steven Morrissey) and Johnny Marr
Performed by The Smiths
Artemis Muziekuitgeverij B.V. (BUM/STE)
All rights on behalf of Artemis Muziekuitgeverij B.V. administered by Warner/Chappell Artemis Music
Published by Universal Music Publishing on behalf of Marr Songs Ltd.
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music UK


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Comedy | Drama

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