After serving time for robbery, Martin (Hugo Speer) bears no malice toward his equally guilty brother Liam (Paul Usher), even though Liam got off scot-free. Instead, all Martin aims to do is form a band. A swing band, that is. Despite the fact that Martin's ex-fiancee Joan (Lisa Stansfield) married Andy (Danny McCall ), Martin's arresting officer, during his incarceration, he still persuades her to be his vocalist. Hugo's band comprises a drummer from a punk group, a double bass player who'd rather be scoring on the football field, and Protestant loyalists who detest Martin's Catholic mother. Not only does this oddball assemblage have difficulty meshing, a disgruntled Andy has vowed to put Martin behind bars again. When Martin's swingers land a gig at a posh hotel, Andy busts it up and tries to frame Martin for the disturbance. Then, Liam coaxes a rich client from his security-system business to finance a club debut. Unfortunately, Liam only wants to occupy this customer so that he can rob his mansion. Will the police assume Martin's involved? Will Joan join Martin on the bandstand and the altar? Infused with good old-fashioned "let's put on a show" verve, this amiable comedy swings entertainingly enough to make one wish it were even better. In the vein of other British imports like BRASSED OFF and THE FULL MONTY, life's little people strive for big-time dreams through musical expression; too bad Martin's criminal background comes across as contrived, and the soundtrack's updated versions of various big band classics lack the sonic clarity of the originals. Miraculously, however, Speer and pop songstress Stansfield have ample chemistry together, and their onscreen pairing guarantees the film's joyful climax.
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- Released: 1999
- Rating: R
- Review: After serving time for robbery, Martin (Hugo Speer) bears no malice toward his equally guilty brother Liam (Paul Usher), even though Liam got off scot-free. Instead, all Martin aims to do is form a band. A swing band, that is. Despite the fact that Martin'… (more)