angst, the thrill of falling in love for the first time, and testing the power of disobedience. Add in the terrific 1980’s nostalgia; including songs from the Cure and Duran Duran, and you’ve got a movie gem.
Conor is a typical teen navigating life’s ups and downs and trying to find his place in the world. He is a sensitive sort, which does not go down well at first with the other rowdy students at his new public school. His home life is in turmoil: his parents are on the verge of getting a divorce and the family is experiencing money problems. Conor dabbles in songwriting, but when he meets a beautiful older girl named Raphina, he decides to put a band together in order to win her over. She is intrigued and becomes the star of their homemade videos; helping them to create their image. Conor and Raphina grow closer as they help each other through some challenges. They give each other the courage to make a bold leap into the future for the better.
Conor and the other boys in the band are sweet and a bit nerdy. It is entertaining to watch them try to figure out what kind of music they should play (new wave? pop? a bit punk?) depending on which band was popular on the charts that week. They eventually earn respect at school and come into their own. This movie is a must-see.