A little bit Big Chill, a little more of This Is Spinal Tap and a lot of silly fun. Connoisseurs of '70s-era bands will be especially smitten, for the film concerns the reunion of Strange Fruit, a fictitious, embattled British rock group that broke up at the height of its fame. Essentially one long road picture, the movie traces the difficulties in reforming the factious group and follows its sorry exploits around Europe.
Eventually, of course, all ends well for Fruit, as fences are mended and new heights scaled. The real appeal here, however, lies in the cast, which puts Stephen Rea in the company of excellent British actors Billy Connolly, Jimmy Nail, Timothy Spall and Bill Nighy. The music's not bad, either.