The movie’s a 1986-set drama (The Music Never Stopped) based on an Oliver Sacks case study — but unlike Awakenings, this one is sketchy and heavy on the treacle. Adapted from Sacks’ ”The Last Hippie,” it centers on Gabriel (Lou Taylor Pucci), who is left ? by a brain operation with no memory beyond 1969. He’s virtually catatonic, but when he hears the Beatles or the Grateful Dead, he comes alive. Pucci lays on the wide-eyed flower-child rapture way too thick, but J.K. Simmons is touching as the straitlaced dad who embraces the ’60s music he once despised. C+
MUSIC THERAPY Lou Taylor Pucci and Julia Ormond in The Music Never Stopped
Genre: Drama; Starring: J.K. Simmons, Mia Maestro, Julia Ormond, Lou Taylor Pucci, Cara Seymour; Director: Jim Kohlberg; Author: Gwyn Lurie, Gary Marks, Oliver Sacks; Runtime (in minutes): 105; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Posted March 17 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT
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