Sean Howe
September 24, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
87 minutes
performer
Laura Dern, Diane Lane, Ray Winstone
director
Lou Adler
author
Nancy Dowd
genre
musical

We gave it an A-

Music mogul Lou Adler?s cult classic Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains — about the rise and fall of a protoriot grrrl band — contends that even punk upstarts are destined to be commodified. Never mind the message; just enjoy early turns by Lane and Dern (as two-thirds of the Stains), appearances by members of the Sex Pistols, and the stars? giggly commentary. Best of all are the catchy-ashell original songs that inspired real-life rockers from Bikini Kill to Courtney Love. A?

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