“Shoplifters of the World” (2021): “Celebrating” the most Despondent Band in Earth’s History

Starring Helena Howard, Ellar Coltrane, Elena Kampouris, Nick Krause, James Bloor, Thomas Lennon and Joe Manganiello Written and Directed by Stephen Kijak In the Summer of 1987, four friends, reeling from the sudden break-up of the iconic British band The Smiths, embark on a night out of partying to mourn their musical loss. At the same time, an impassioned Smiths fan takes a local radio DJ hostage at gunpoint and forces him to play nothing but Smiths tracks. With the radio station playing as the soundtrack to their night, the friends go on a wild journey of self-discovery that will transform them forever. Featuring an incredible soundtrack – including 20 songs from The Smiths – Shoplifters of the World is a glorious ode to the craziness of the ‘80s and the power of music to change people’s lives.

John Smistad’s Review:

I was emotionally blown apart when John Lennon was murdered. Viscerally so. And I don’t even really remember披头士as an active band. I fell under their magical musical spell years after they had broken up. So I understand deeply meaningful connection to “close friends” we’ve never met. And the sudden, devastating loss thereof.

Enter the new period drama “Shoplifters of the World”. We are transported back to 1987 and dropped into an evening of hard partying, and even harder decisions, among five young people aimlessly atrophying away their daze in Denver, Colorado. This quintet’s collective favorite musicians of all-time, the mope rock groupThe Smiths, have just publicly called it quits. And these kids are瓦伊yyy bummin’ about it.

And that’s your story.

哦,我们比大多数人都从这里解散的乐队收到的要多。也就是说,除非听不停的歌词关于杀死自己和他人(即使不是身体上的灵魂,否则)却吸引您占据您一半半小时的生活。显然,对于我们当中的许多人来说,这确实是而且仍然如此,因为这四个英国bummer男孩已经将一堆专辑卖给了一张崇拜,如果肯定不高兴,粉丝群。

Moreover, we are not inspired to care on any level about a single character we meet in “Shoplifters”. Every last one is depressingly lost, self-absorbed, self-pitying and uniformly uninteresting. Even when the highjacked metal rock radio DJ (member to a stultifying sequence of stupidity in this sorry story) broadcasts a change of heart regarding all stuffSmiths, the declaration rings as disingenuous drivel.

Toss on the puzzlingly derisive depiction of law enforcement as abjectly imbecilic. Then, on top of that, dump the disdainful derision of the dude whodaresto declare that joining the Army will be good for him in his rudderless life. And ultimately we are left to surmise that Writer/Director StephenKijak, to whom all of this is attributed and incorporated by, evidently intends to impress (some of) his audience as being an edgy, anti-establishment pseudo-statesman for “the enlightened”.

或者,像这位评论者一样,他已经提供了足以使“世界上的入店行窃者”挤入胶囊的苦难,并将其炸毁到另一个贫穷的贫穷星球上,远处。

And takeThe Smithswith it.

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"Shoplifters of the World" (2021): "Celebrating" the most Despondent Band in Earth's History

Writer/Director Stephen Kijak, to whom all of this is attributed and incorporated by, evidently intends to impress (some of) his audience as being an edgy, anti-establishment pseudo-statesman for “the enlightened”.

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