Docs That Rock

Not Sonic Youth

The eldercore doc Young@Heart features a choir of senior citizens who sign the Ramones, the Clash, and the Boss as opposed to church hymnals. It seems to be picking up some box office steam, with sales rising 50 percent this past weekend and a gross of nearly $1 million. Granted, some of the song choices are schtick, like the video treatment of I Wanna Be Sedated, even though it has a deeper resonance when so many choir members are in need of critical care. The movie’s theme of how these songs both encompass and confront mortality makes many of the performances honest in unexpected ways. Check out the version of Coldplay’s Fix You (watch below) which is incredibly moving.

The film probably wouldn’t have worked as a VH1 Rock Doc because of the lack of star power, which is usually a necessity for decent viewer response on our network. If the choir had sang duets with the rock stars there would have been a way in for us! But I think the doc is totally worthy view. Check out the VH1 News report from the premiere.


May 5, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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  1. […] and short@dollars As readers know from an earlier post, I really dig the doc Young@Heart, a film about the elderly chorus who sing alt rock standards. […]

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