For many musicians, the dream is to sign a record contract and perform for millions of fans around the world. The question is, however, when that dream becomes reality, will the musicians continue to be themselves or will they give into the image that the record company wants them to be?
In the 1999 television movie, Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story, Lyne Tanner (Bonnie Somerville) and Tyler Hart (Brad Hawkins) are part of a 1950’s rock and roll band whose dream is to make it big. When they finally make it big, the record company is eager to mold the band into their own image. Will the band give in or will they remain true to themselves?
There are two arguments about this movie: it’s a television movie. Yes, the music is infectious, but the narrative is also a little predictable. The other argument is that the narrative is not a new story. How many musicians have signed record contracts to learn that the record company’s image of the band contrasts to how the band sees themselves?
Do I recommend it? Maybe.