The Rodnees: We Mod Like Dat!

  • 2002
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Musical

Apparently inspired by THE RUTLES: ALL YOU NEED IS CASH (1978), Lindley Farley's slim, sloppy and sadly unfunny mockumentary charts the careers of four Brooklyn hip-hop musicians named Rodney who reinvent themselves as an African-American British Invasion-style band. Boldly declaring that they're taking back the African-American musical traditions raided...read more

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Apparently inspired by THE RUTLES: ALL YOU NEED IS CASH (1978), Lindley Farley's slim, sloppy and sadly unfunny mockumentary charts the careers of four Brooklyn hip-hop musicians named Rodney who reinvent themselves as an African-American British Invasion-style band. Boldly declaring that they're taking back the African-American musical traditions raided by the Beatles and other UK bands, Rodney Barnett (Charles Harding), John Rodney (Alexandre Baptiste), Rodney York (Mike Hunter) and Rodney "Modney" Wolcott (David McLeod) dress like neo-Edwardian dandies — courtesy of former Marine-turned-dry cleaner Roy "Sweet" Bailey (C.F. Jarmon) -- and affect Fab Four wigs. They find a booster in Wm. D. Kappelmeyer (Moogy Klingman), who abandons his Wall Street career to promote theirs, and face controversy for acting like white guys from Europe. Director Farley wrote the song parodies, which are forgettable at best and really awful at worst. To his credit, Farley made the film for just over $13,000., no mean achievement; it would, however, be more impressive if the film weren't so painfully dull.

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  • Released: 2002
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Apparently inspired by THE RUTLES: ALL YOU NEED IS CASH (1978), Lindley Farley's slim, sloppy and sadly unfunny mockumentary charts the careers of four Brooklyn hip-hop musicians named Rodney who reinvent themselves as an African-American British Invasion-… (more)

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