What a horrible review. This guy talks about this film from a pseudo-intellectual perspective that completely misses the intention of this film. It disgusts me.
The film CBGB is a way of honoring what Hilly Crystal created, in his own crazy, no holds barred style. It is fun, off beat, wacky, and exciting--just like Hilly and CBGB. How do I know? I worked for Hilly and designed his accessories. I also came close to arranging a deal with Asian investors to open a CBGB in Vegas about 15 years ago. I am not, however, defending this film simply because I knew Hilly. I am defending it because it is art, and it is great entertainment. If you watched this film and you didn't laugh your ass off, and feel inspired by the sheer hutzpah of this guy--then you are a pretentious ass. I think the clip near the end of the film, when David Byrne and the rest of the Talking Heads--when being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame--spent their entire stage time bringing Hilly up on stage and proclaiming and thanking him for all that he has done for music (and them, of course!)--this is the point of the film. It honors Hilly, and the thousands of bands and club goers who together brought about a new sense of possibility with music. Go see CBGB for the history, go see it for the kitsch, see it for the music, and the fun, and at the end...say a little thank you in your heart to Hilly, cause he changed your life whether you've known it or not.
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