Chris Willman
September 19, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Greendale

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
83 minutes
performer
Eric Johnson, Ben Keith, Sarah White, Elizabeth Keith, James Mazzeo
director
Neil Young (Musician)
distributor
Shakey
author
Neil Young (Musician)
genre
musical, Drama

We gave it a C-

Concept albums are overdue for a comeback, but Young’s mind-bendingly daft folly could kill off the genre for another 20 years. Against a series of simplistic, epic-length blues shuffles, Young introduces a cast of small-town eccentrics — led by a wizened hippie senior and his ecoterrorist flower-child granddaughter — who can’t hold the lazy narrative together but do allow our host to rant against big business, news media, and the man. About the time an FBI agent shoots the heroine’s cat, prior to a ”Hair”-style love-in finale, you’ll know you and Young have weathered his career low point together.

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