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‘Jersey Boys’ film review: Witness the birth of the music icons

Jersey Boys


With the “Jersey Boys” Broadway selling out shows since debuting, it’s no wonder Clint Eastwood has adapted it to the big screen. There is much to love about this film, primarily, the golden hit songs. “Sherry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” and more, will be playing in your head long after you walk out of the theater. Other things to love are the rich details in this early 1960’s culture, and the fascinating behind-the-music story of this iconic music group.

'Jersey Boys' film review
Keith Bernstein, promotional image

“Jersey Boys” leads you from the very beginning, at the start of the friendship between young Frankie Castelluccio (John Lloyd Young) and troublemaker Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza). The characters even step out of the film to address the audience, giving the story a more personal feel.

There’s Tommy DeVito, an in-and-out of jail petty criminal who dreams of making it big one way or the other. As founder of the group, DeVito brings on Valli, a teen with an amazing sound unlike anything anyone has heard before. Also in the band is Nick Massi (Michael Lomenda), as the bassist.

Sure, Valli kicked off the success for the group, but it wasn’t until creative songwriter Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen) hopped on board that the group took off – with their number one single, “Sherry.” It was Gaudio’s tunes that finished transforming Valli’s voice. And for almost any issue the Four Season members encountered, they knew they could count on Gyp DeCarlo (Christopher Walken), a sentimental mob leader.

“Jersey Boys” can be appreciated even if you didn’t live in those days. Many of us grew up with our parents putting these tunes on repeat, and several others are just lovers of music. Whatever the case is, witnessing the birth of this iconic music group will send you on a trip to memory lane.

Fall in love with these fresh faces, as you watch Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons find their sound and bring their iconic hits to life in this captivating story. “Jersey Boys” is rated R for language throughout and runs for about 134 minutes.

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