Hearts Beat Loud
Stars: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Toni Collette
Even the appealing presence of ‘Park and Recreation’s’ Nick Offerman fails to elevate this indie-flavoured comedy about a middle-aged dude learning to move on, above the merely rote. He plays Frank Fisher, an ex-nearly was musician, now the owner of a defiantly old school record shop in the hipster-infested Red Hook district of Brooklyn. There’s more than a whiff of High Fidelityin the establishing scene in which a prissy customer admonishes Frank for smoking in his own store. Dwindling custom means Frank is considering closing the store, despite an offer from the kindly landowner and potential romance Leslie (Collette) to invest in a coffee area for the shop. Frank is also dreading the departure of his medical student daughter and jam session partner Sam (Clemons) who is about to leave for college. He attempts to stall the inevitable by persuading Sam to form a band. Wary but indulgent she goes along with it, and to their mutual surprise, the group, after a Spotify upload, begins to get some attention. Also in the mix is Dave (Danson), Frank’s weed-loving and bar owner friend, always on hand to dispense laidback advice. It’s a perfectly pleasant breezy ninety minutes of hang out time, but it sports a generic quality, as if assembled from the parts of other superior pictures, while Collette is wasted in the blandly supportive girlfriend role. The songs, which should be transcendental, are just okay, and a potentially interesting plot thread, dealing with how the characters are impacted by the encroachment of hipster gentrification to their neighbourhood, is only briefly touched on.