Hunky Dory (2013)

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Movie Info

Relive the summer of 1976 in this heartwarming British musical from the producer of Billy Elliot. Minnie Driver plays Viv, a fiery high school drama teacher determined to fire up her hormonal, apathetic students by putting on the best end-of-the-year show the school has ever seen... a glam rock-infused musical version of Shakespeare's The Tempest. But as the Welsh summer begins to heat up, can she compete with the typical teenage distractions of sex and drugs with some great rock and roll? Find … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Laurence Coriat
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 23, 2013
Box Office: $19.0k
Runtime:
Variance Films - Official Site

Cast


as Vivienne Mae

as Headmaster

as Miss Valentine

as Mr. Lee

as Davy's Dad

as Mr. Cafferty

as Mr. Cafferty

as Sylvie

as Davy's Nan

as Swansea Bloke

as Stella's Friend

as Stella's Friend

as Mean Girl

as Mr. Swinton

as Viv's Mum

as Davy's Friend

as Davy's Friend

as Mr. Chisolm

as Mr. Grayson
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Critic Reviews for Hunky Dory

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (12)

Golden-hued, feel-good treacle, the sort that the U.K. has tried to export ever since Billy Elliot.

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The golden-hued cinematography (a filming cliché that really needs to be retired) and the sometimes slack direction by Marc Evans are minuses ...

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

At various moments this endearing but sudsy movie, which spills all over the place, evokes "High School Musical," "Glee" and "Billy Elliot."

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Hunky Dory flits along blithely from number to transporting musical number until it ends - with a sigh - and dodges any authentic engagement with its own ideas.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
NPR
Top Critic

Enthusiasm carries the day in this paint-by-numbers period tale, which is just charming enough to coast on its own clichés.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Director Marc Evans and screenwriter Laurence Coriat fumble both the musical side of their movie and the coming-of-age side.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hunky Dory

½

This British (or if you prefer Welsh) independent musical about the trials of an idealistic drama teacher as she tries to put on the end of year show, was like a book of clichés put together. That was done by the writer Laurence Coriat and directed by Welsh director Marc Evans and stars Minnie Driver, Aneurin Barnard, Kimberley Nixon and Robert Pugh.

The setting of the story is in a Welsh comprehensive school during the long hot summer of 1976, and very keen drama teacher Vivienne (Minnie Driver) fights sweltering heat and general teenage apathy to put on an end of year rock and roll musical version of Shakespeare's The Tempest (that David Bowie would be proud of). She has high expectations and to engage her students, she uses hits of the time, performed by a fresh young cast led by Davey (Aneurin Barnard).

It has a good message wrapped in a pleasant, feel good movie shiny wrapper (kept for a while) directed like a giant kids puzzle where you explain every piece in details, giving kids the hint where to put it. But, I have to admit I enjoyed it because all that was very smoothly done and with enthusiasm and chemistry which could not be faked! Enjoyable.

PantaOz
Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

Superb comedy-drama interspersed with some truly brilliant music and featuring a warm and affable performance from Minnie Driver as the EA teacher trying to direct a musical based on The Tempest. It's sort of like Glee with a degree or Pitch Perfect without the slapstick and one-liners but with added (realistic) swearing and a particularly believable exploration of sexuality. Another gem from chameleon-like director Marc Evans. Cynicism should ideally be left behind.

danieljparsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

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