24 Hour Party People: Jon Shard
EW Staff
April 19, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

24 Hour Party People

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
117 minutes
Limited Release Date
08/09/02
performer
Steve Coogan, Kenny Baker, Rob Brydon, James Cartwright
director
Michael Winterbottom
distributor
United Artists (MGM)
author
Frank Cottrell Boyce
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B-

A likely addition to the dramatic competition at Cannes, the new U.K. comic drama from Michael Winterbottom (”Wonderland,” ”The Claim”) chronicles the Manchester music scene’s transformation from ’70s punk dump to ’80s pill-popping paradise. In the town that spawned such beloved Brit-rock outfits as the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, and Joy Division, our hero of sorts is rock & roll original Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan), a gonzo TV journalist who charms and smarms his way to becoming the head of trailblazing Factory Records, only to experience a cocaine-fueled fall.

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