A real estate developer goes to his 25th high school reunion without his wife, and finds his old teenage band playing. They get him up on stage for a couple of songs, and convince him come to a rehearsal. His wife is outraged that he played. His daughter thinks it's kind of cool. His Mother, in a retirement home, encourages him to enjoy life. He feels some temporary relief from the pressures of business complexities and the stress of marriage tensions. The band gets booked at a popular bar, which leads to a last minute booking to open for a reunion tour, with the possibility of additional tour dates. But the band has internal conflicts. He faces a tough decision to give it a shot even though it will affect his marriage, his family, particularly his daughter, and his business.
I try not to review a movie to early as most people forget about them before they even hit DVD but when I received this I had to give it a watch as I am a fan of Billy Ray Cyrus. One reason I am a fan is the man is a survivor, I mean after that big hit years ago that I will not mention here he not only lost airplay but was the blunt of many jokes, it is something that comes from having that kind of success and as sad as that is it is the truth. Anyway since I missed the film when it aired on the Lifetime Channel I was eager to pop it in and see for myself what it was all about. The story itself seems a bit complex but it really is basic, this is a man that is married with a daughter and a business that gives him his fair share of stress. One day he finds out that his school is having his 25th high school reunion and his wife tells him to go himself, that it would be good for him to meet up with old friends and such. Once there he finds out his old band is playing again and decides to join in on what is just some fun at least at the start. Once the band begins to gain attention and their manager gets them some tour dates it slowly begins to cause problems at home, his wife is not eager to have him out on the road playing music and not attending to his family or his business. I am going to stop there so those that have not seen the film can enjoy it. I felt Billy Ray did a fantastic job playing the lead actor, listen the man will never win an Oscar but he can hold his own when it comes down to acting, Heather Locklear plays his wife that just doesn't get what he is doing nor is she willing to except it, her role is not very big as far as lines go but she is a main part of the story line and as always she does a fine job. The story offers up some life lessons, one being the importance of supporting the ones you love and that family is the most important thing we have. There is no happy ending here at least not for George Barron and his wife but the film offers up some smiles at the end giving hope for everyone's future. This is a made for television movie so you cannot expect miracles from it but I got to say I highly enjoyed it and the film does not only send good messages but the music in the film is great as well and Billy Ray has never sounded better. I do not watch much TV but this film I did enjoy and encourage anyone to catch it if it has any reruns before the July 7th release to DVD. Anyone with a family can relate to the film's story in some way and it is a film that both men and women will enjoy. I highly recommend this good drama that features some kick-ass music as well, a movie I found to be highly entertaining. Released by MTI Video. **** Out Of *****