Bands like 'N Sync and The Backstreet Boys come complete with their own built-in jokes, and it didn't take long for the boy-band phenomenon to become a sketch-comedy staple and spawn parodies like the MTV series 2-Gether. So while actor-director Will Swenson's Making of the Band-style mockumentary arrived a little late to the dance, it has something fresh to offer: The boys of Provo, Utah's own Everclean are, like many of those involved in the production itself, members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints. And if you don't see the comic potential in a Mormon boy-band, Swenson and his cowriter/costar Peter D. Brown do, and make the most of it. The core members of this aspiring "fly spiritual" trio are aerobics instructor Will Jensen (Swenson, who shares JC Chasez's looks and Christopher Guest's sense of humor), a control freak who puts the "I" in "team," and his unpredictable-when-not-medicated younger brother, Danny (Danny Tarasevich). After auditioning nearly every no-talent in Provo to replace Jeremy (Jeremy Elliott), whom Will and Danny lost to creative differences and a life of perdition, the brothers approach David Nutter, a singer from the squeaky-clean, real-life vocal quartet Forever Plaid. David politely declines the offer, but Plaid backup singer and expert scrapbooker Kirby Laybourne (Kirby Heyborne) jumps at the chance to join an actual boy band. Will and Danny fire their incompetent nephew, Grayson (Brown), who ill-advisedly uses the word "flippin'" and calls Will a "butt" (gasp!); hire a new manager (Jennifer Erekson) and a hump-busting choreographer (Maureen Eastwood); and, most importantly, buy three wireless microphone headsets. With their songs about love, forgiveness and the virtues of not being a potty-mouth, Everclean are set to go up against the big boys — groups like Moosebutter and the Four Ordained — unless ego and sibling rivalry tear the group apart first. Sure it's an easy target, but Swenson gets to the joke before you do, and even takes a few good-natured shots at common perceptions of Mormons. How white are Everclean? Will insists the Osmonds, not the Jackson 5, were the first real boy-band. How holier-than-thou? The Everclean songbook includes numbers like "Spiritual as I" and "Don't Be a Presbyterian." The spot-on parody songs are undeniably catchy (careful or you'll find yourself humming the anti-premarital sex anthem "Love Me But Don't Show Me") and, best of all, these guys really can sing. Jokes about bishoprics and the like will probably soar right over the heads of non-LDS members, but the others won't. They're just plain funny.
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- Released: 2005
- Rating: PG
- Review: Bands like 'N Sync and The Backstreet Boys come complete with their own built-in jokes, and it didn't take long for the boy-band phenomenon to become a sketch-comedy staple and spawn parodies like the MTV series 2-Gether. So while actor-director Will Swens… (more)