I Used to Be Famous

I Used to Be Famous

A former boy band star unexpectedly gets a second shot at success when he forms a bond with a gifted young drummer.

  • Released: 2022-09-09
  • Runtime: 104 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
  • Stars: Ed Skrein, Eleanor Matsuura, Lee Long, Eoin Macken, Kurt Egyiawan, Neil Stuke, Racheal Ofori, Leo Long, Lorraine Ashbourne, Stanley Morgan
  • Director: Eddie Sternberg
  • ScifiNinja - 24 July 2023
    Actual character arcs with more soul than 99% of current films
    Tired as heck of the generic soulless super heroes that dominate all media with their boring character arcs that are as flat as Kyrie Irving's concept of the Earth? Let these fleshed out characters salve your wounds with a story that feels real. The eastern world believes that perfection is an evolution towards simplicity and this concept is epitomized in this movie. It captures the joy of making music as a conduit to connect with people. Pairing the main characters together with their shared love and flawed conditions serves to mend their broken wings together. It's relatable, real, and cheezy at times...kind of like people's actual lives. So much in the movies today: "is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing." -Shakespeare. This is SOMETHING and I'm so thankful to have seen it!
  • zorroaca - 4 January 2023
    Well Meaning and Worth the Watch
    Don't like the required 600 characters.... but here's my take that could have been done with less. I really like the message that the film is trying to convey. The film is highly predictable but can be forgiven for that... most films are. The characters are well developed and in most part... somewhat believable. I did feel that there were a few giant leaps made... but once again forgivable. There is a good and enjoyable selection of music. Eleanor Matsuura... who played the mother.... was very good and I wish there would have been flashbacks of when she was a dancer. All in all... even though it's predictable and does make leaps... it leaves you feeling good.
  • submachine - 29 October 2022
    Is this England or Africa?
    What an absolute joke from the joke of a director named "Sternberg", I turned it off in disgust after ten minutes. People who look like Ed Skrein don't need help from people who look like practically everyone else in the movie. Eople who look like Ed Skrein don't need to steal food from the church, the whole movie was a Sternberg fantasy. Ed Skrein was good in Game of Thrones, was better in Deadpool and Midway, but then this garbage comes out and puts him right back in the bin. He should be ashamed to be anywhere near this casting disaster. Pathetic excuse for a rule, pathetic excuse for a movie.
  • trinaboice - 11 October 2022
    Heartwarming true story
    IN A NUTSHELL: The story follows Vince, a desperate former pop star who dreams of making a comeback. An impromptu jam session with autistic young drummer named Stevie sparks an unexpected friendship between the two misunderstood musicians.

    This is Eddie Sternberg's directorial debut.

    THINGS I LIKED: Ed Skrein does a great job creating a flawed protagonist who keeps us rooting for him.

    Leo Long and Eleanor Matsuura paint a realistic picture of life with autism.

    The story is very sweet and will, most likely, evoke a tear or two in the end. It's not overly complicated, but pretty easy/breezy with tons of heart.

    It's a lovely illustration of the power of music on all of us.

    It's fun to spend time in England as we see their streets, homes, people, and activities.

    THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE: It's extremely predictable.

    It would have been more fun if the story were based on characters in real life.

    Americans might have a hard time understanding the British accent at times.

    TIPS FOR PARENTS: Some profanity.

    A teen with autism is portrayed.


    THEMES: Musicians People on the spectrum (autism) Hope Second chances Family Limitations others put on us Courage

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