“Last night I saw Sex and Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll, the Andy Serkis/Ian Dury biopic,” a friend writes. “Although it opened in the UK two months ago to generally good reviews, I’m not sure of US distribution or if anyone here really cares.
The flick is quite good, and Sirkis gives an award-worthy performance,” he opined. “It goes a bit maudlin and overboard on the polio aspect — Dury spent part of his childhood at a home for the disabled — and gets a little Oliver Twist-y in parts. It also uses animation in some transition/montage scenes that recall (500) Days of Summer.”
There’s are reasons, I’m sure, why no US distributor has picked this film up, and why it never played Sundance, etc. I’d love to know what they are. Here’s a guess — selfish, self-destructive rock ‘n’ roll debauchery is not dramatically interesting or compelling. It can be argued, in fact, that it tends to be rather boring.