This film nails it all: the sex, drugs and...you know the rest. Based on the life of '80s music mastermind Tony Wilson, Party People isn't just a big bash. We get doses of the good and bad that Wilson--the Brit club owner, Factory Records head and music producer of Joy Division, New Order and the Happy Mondays--went through. Director Michael Winterbottom and writer Frank Cottrell Boyce keep the predictable arc of fame and failure amusing (usually by tossing in a lively soliloquy from their subject).
The revolutionary music speaks for itself, and Steve Coogan's smooth, self-assured delivery in the lead role serves as a great host. Party on.