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Annie is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan - an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe. When the acoustic demo of Tucker's hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself.
Roger EbertFull Review Average The story's predictable arc doesn't leave enough to the imagination, and like Annie, we might start hoping for change just to shake things up in this sleepy plot.
Slant MagazineFull Review Average The remainder of the film is as spotty as Tucker's checkered past, loaded with inconsequential detours and questionable and inconsistent character psychology as it stumbles awkwardly to its foregone conclusion.
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Annie, the curator of a small museum in the drab English seaside town where she
is beginning to realize that her life has been stuck in low gear. Her partner of
15 years, Duncan
(Chris O'Dowd), aspires to be the world's foremost expert on reclusive American
Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke) and spends all his free time maintaining a website
dedicated to the
mostly forgotten rocker. Crowe quit the business at the height of his fame and
now, pushing 50, is
living in his ex-girlfriend's garage in New York and trying to make up for past
parental failures by
dedicating his life to raising his young son.
But when Duncan receives the long-lost demo version of Crowe's revered album,
sets off a chain reaction that will change all of their lives. Duncan hails the
album as a masterpiece
on his Crowe-themed website, while Annie, frustrated by his obsession with the
musician, posts her own scathing review, sparking a make-or-break fight between
the couple. She is
startled when Crowe unexpectedly reaches out to her to agree with her assessment
and the two
strike up a clandestine online correspondence. As their friendship begins to
cross over into romance,
Crowe comes to London for a visit and the stage is set for an epically messy
love triangle that
inspires Annie to take the chance of a lifetime.