Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Minor lesbian character
Short Take: Rogue DJs in 1960s Britain
Alternate Titles: The Boat That Rocked
Year: 2009
Duration: 116 min
Language: UK, Germany, USA, France/English
MPAA: R
Director: Richard Curtis
Writer: Richard Curtis
Starring: Michael Hadley, Charlie Rowe, Lucy Fleming, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tom Sturridge, Ian Mercer, Bill Nighy, Will Adamsdale, Tom Brooke, Rhys Darby, Nick Frost, Katherine Parkinson, Chris O’Dowd, Ike Hamilton, Stephen Moore

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Pirate RadioThe Boat That Rocked’ is an ensemble comedy in which the romance takes place between the young people of the ’60s and pop music. It’s about a band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that, incomprehensibly, preferred jazz. The Count, a big, brash, American god of the airwaves; Quentin, the boss of Radio Rock — a pirate radio station in the middle of the North Sea that’s populated by an eclectic crew of rock and roll DJs; Gavin, the greatest DJ in Britain who has just returned from his drug tour of America to reclaim his rightful position; Dave, an ironic, intelligent and cruelly funny co-broadcaster; and a fearsome British government official out for blood against the drug takers and lawbreakers of a once-great nation. Felicity (Laura Katherine Parkinson) is a lesbian who cooks for the boys.  (CJ)