What is it about a boy wanting to be in a punk band? The movie takes place in 1986-87. Probably the time when most of these actors were born. This is a Kevin Smith Club film that was put together in Memphis. And all the actors did learn to play the instruments and sing during the movie. Although, only Kyle Gallner's voice is on the soundtrack.
Anyway, not everyone is going to like a film about a band. What sparked an interest for me, other than the cast, was the idea of how this group made a skating rink popular and supposedly the film took place in Omaha. Back in the late 80's and great deal of the 90's a bowling alley was a happening place for local bands called The Ranch Bowl (here in Omaha). Perhaps it would have been a much cooler movie if the skating rink could have been hinted as a more happening place.
|So, I’m watching Losers Take All on Netflix and basically the main characters are MGMT’s twins. - tori|
Still, this is about two high school boys who didn't really get their band off the ground until after high school. Both had jobs, and they lived together. However, it wasn't until they met two other guys that the group came together to start THE FINGERS.
Of course, in this film, you'll get to see all their bad drug habits. And I've read in the trivia that only Oregano was used in place of ganja during this film. The upside, these four actors, Gallner, Aaron Himelstein, Billy Kay and Peter Brensinger come off as real musicans. Their manager played by Adam Herschman was supposedly, the comic relief. He was actually rather ridiculous, and not even in a fun way. He definitely gave off that HUH feeling.
I'm still not sure why Tania Raymonde got top billing. She was hardly in the movie.
Still, this is a movie about playing small gigs where no one shows. Or performing in the wrong venues. Truth be told, punk is a genre that had only very few places to go. Still when I listened to some of THE FINGERS songs, I hear an echo of REM. Even those guys learned to conform.
I'm not quite sure the band ever truly found its niche. It doesn't help when the Manager can not be trusted, or even the lead singer's girlfriend. But I suppose all is fair in Love, War and Rock and Roll. Of course, a funny thing happens when they get their lucky break. Oh..I won't tell you..you'll have to watch LOSERS TAKE ALL.
STORYLINE: Losers Take All is a comedy in which we follow "The Fingers," a fictional punk-pop band stumbling and staggering their way in the opposite direction of mainstream success, circa 1986. Fingers are faced with the unlikely opportunity of committing the ultimate indie rock sin: selling out. Do they stay true to their non-commercial DIY sound and ethos? Do they get in bed with corporate rock? Or do they simply keep getting wasted and implode into oblivion?
Losers Take All