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Barenaked in America (1999)

A rockumentary about the Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies's life, in a nutshell.

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Jason Priestley

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Cast

Credited cast:
Steven Page Steven Page ... Himself
Ed Robertson ... Himself
Jim Creeggan Jim Creeggan ... Himself
Tyler Stewart Tyler Stewart ... Himself
Kevin Hearn Kevin Hearn ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Brown Chris Brown ... Himself
Jeff Goldblum ... Himself
Zorianna Kit ... Herself
Terry David Mulligan ... Himself
Conan O'Brien ... Himself
Jason Priestley ... Himself
Andy Richter ... Himself
Dan Seaver Dan Seaver ... Himself (Portland, ME Scenes)
Jon Stewart ... Himself
Moses Znaimer Moses Znaimer ... Himself
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A rockumentary about the Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies's life, in a nutshell.

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Country:

Canada

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English

Release Date:

29 September 2000 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$27,714, 1 October 2000

Gross USA:

$27,714
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It has a good beat and you can dance to it, too. I give it a 78.
7 July 2001 | by GMJamesSee all my reviews

I'm familiar with The Barenaked Ladies from their frequent concert appearances in my home town of Rochester, NY and my visits to Toronto. While not being a full-fledged fanatic of the group, I've listened to their work prior to their CD "Stunt" and their last CD "Maroon".

When it comes to concert documentaries, "Barenaked in America" doesn't rank as high as films like "Woodstock" or "The Last Waltz" but there is a lot to like about the documentary/concert film directed by Jason Priestley.

"Barenaked..." takes an look inside a talented musical group from Ontario, Canada that's about to hit the big time: performing in large U.S. arenas, having the number 1 single in the U.S. ("One Week") and their album "Stunt" going platinum. Despite all of this, one member (keyboard player Kevin Hearn) was unable to join the group in their U.S. concert tour because he was diagnosed with Leukemia. It could have put a damper on the tour for the group but lead singers/guitarists Steven Page & Ed Robertson, bass player Jim Kreegan and drummer Tyler Stewart (with substitute Chris Brown on keyboard) still went on with the show. I like the way this near-tragedy was handled in the movie.

But the film is not totally somber. It's alternately funny and insightful. It takes a look at the group's early years when they didn't have enough money to record a song in a studio so they performed in something similar to an instant photo booth, to asking people on the street if they knew who the Barenaked Ladies were and the comments that come out of the people's mouths was very funny.

I tend to agree that fans of the Ladies will love this movie. I think a few people who may not have been fans of the group might be converted after watching the movie. But I'm happy to say that the conversion would be harmless.


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