The only one I found that didn't actually flop was CB4. Don't forget Fear of a Black Hat, especially since you mentioned Popstar and This is Spinal Tap. I guess Fear of a Black Hat might be a different case as that was more of an indie film and was distributed to only a small number of theaters. Hell, I remember first watching it on the Sundance channel back in 1996.
Also, since you mentioned Josie & the Pussycats, I suppose Jem & the Holograms should count, except that was not a good movie. I didn't mind the music, however.
Post by SHAKEMASTER TV9 is Don Knotts on Apr 2, 2021 9:20:18 GMT -5
Probably due to marketing and studios not knowing how to inform audiences about what type of movie they want them to watch. Movies about real musicians are biopics and biopics are generally dramas, they don't know how to market a comedy. Like Josie and the Pussycats ad campaign was that it was a teeny bopper movie and it's weirder than that. When This Is Spinal Tap came out, the mockumentary wasn't a genre that really existed in the 80s. Walk Hard is a parody of the musical biopic, but is so much better quality than the junk Friedberg and Seltzer parody movies that came out around the same time.
But then it also does extend to dramas like the mentioned Rockstar didn't do great business. Neither did Her Smell starring Elizabeth Moss from a few years ago. It got her some award nominations though. I guess the appeal of the "rockstar" life is that it's so crazy and wild, so seeing it done with fictional characters loses its authenticity.
Blues Brothers doesn't count to me since its based on very popular Saturday Night Live characters and they performed in front of live crowds and released an album. Jake and Elwood are characters, but they are aren't fictional musicians anymore.
8 Mile, however, is successful drama about a fictional character.
RIP father and son; Angelo Poffo and Macho Man Randy Savage
Iron Sheik-bubba u more retarded than the beetlejuice
I actually have a soft spot for Airheads, if only to watch Steve Buscemi and Adam Sandler being stupid.
“Cause I’m a MAD MAN!”
I like Airheads, but I think it would've been a better movie if it turned out The Lone Rangers actually sucked. We don't get to hear them play any music until the very end of the movie, so it wouldn't affect the plot at all. Just would've been a funnier ending if it was like "That's why they couldn't catch a break!"
Thought I'd go with a couple current favorites and 1 all-time favorite for a little while.