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Studio: E1 Entertainment
Cast: Douglas Booth, Matthew Horne, Mark Gatiss, Richard Madden, Freddie Fox, Marc Warren
Director: Julian Jarrold
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Rating: Not Rated for (adult themes)
Run Time: 01h:30m:50s
“Who says I want to achieve anything?!” - Boy George (Douglas Booth)
While I'm not sure the masses were clamoring for a biopic about the infamous lead singer of 80s Pop group Culture Club, this flick promises to tell us everything we ever wanted to know about Boy George, and then some.
Movie Grade: B
DVD Grade: B
I know you’re all thinking the same thing I am: “Finally, the Boy George biopic we’ve been waiting
for since the 80s!!” Ok, so no one (myself included) is actually thinking such a thing, but, regardless, said thing now
exists in the form of 2010’s Worried About the Boy. Directed by Julian Jarrold (Kinky Boots, Becoming Jane),
the film was originally made for British television, premiering on the BBC back in 2010. It’s finally made its way
stateside, coming to us via Entertainment One, and, while it likely won’t spark a sudden rush on Culture Club CDs,
this fine film will still shed some light on the enigmatic 80s pop star that is Boy George.
George O’Dowd (Douglas Booth) is your typical rebellious, English teenager, clashing with his parents and hanging
out with a bad crowd. Things change when he takes a job in a cloakroom with the blessing of his equally rebellious
friend, Peter (Freddie Fox), who tends to dress like Marilyn Monroe. George’s new job opens doors for him in the
music world as he meets the eventual drummer of Culture Club, Jon Moss (Mathew Horne), whom he instantly has
a crush on. George’s pre-Culture Club dabbling in the music business also includes a short-lived (he was fired) stint
in the band Bow Wow Wow, but it all culminates in Culture Club’s debut on the Top of the Pops TV show in 1982,
where the iconic Boy George was revealed to the masses.
While certainly not nearly as compelling as similar biopics like Control or even Sid & Nancy, Jarrold’s film is
surprisingly engaging and even quite touching at times. Featuring higher production values than any American TV
movies not-on-HBO can even come close to, this slick-looking portrayal of 80s London paints what I assume is an
authentic portrait of the era. In an interesting approach to the material, we rarely see George appear in the clothing
and make-up that fans of Culture Club and 80s music in general are so used to. This effectively humanizes the
man rather than the icon, making Worried About the Boy all the more compelling.
Jarrold’s film wouldn’t work half as well without Booth dominating the screen time. This young actor is best known
for his work on the TV series, The Pillars of the Earth, and his upcoming appearances in another adaptation of
Romeo and Juliet as well as Darren Aronofsky’s next project, Noah, will surely have people talking soon enough. A look
at his fantastic performance in Worried About the Boy should get the buzz going earlier than expected, as this is
career-making stuff. The meatiest supporting role belongs to Mathew Horne, who plays the always cool, always
under control, Jon Moss, which is a nice contrast to his well-known work on the BBC series Gavin & Stacey. The
entire supporting cast does a fine job with their respective roles, but this is, first and foremost, Booth’s film
Entertainment One’s DVD is a good disc with solid audio and video presentations. The anamorphic widescreen
1.78:1 video transfer features consistently sharp, detailed images, a color scheme that stays true to the story’s
setting, and very few instances of grain or dirt. A Dolby Digital 2.0 audio mix is also good, doing a fine job utilizing
the surround speakers to envelop us with the film’s great soundtrack. We only get a couple of extras, including the
trailer for Worried About the Boy and a 10-minute featurette that gives us a behind-the-scenes look into the
making of the film via cast and crew interviews along with on-set footage. It’s too bad there isn’t more about the
making of the film or about the real Boy George, but what we do have will have to suffice given the relative
anonymity of the film to this point.
Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - June 17, 2012, 10:39 am - DVD Review
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