In 1980s Dublin, teenage Conor (Walsh-Peelo) is uprooted from his posh private college and transferred to the local rough school, where he decides to form a band to make friends and, more importantly, impress older girl Raphina (Boynton). With the musical advice of his directionless older brother Brendan (Reynor), Conor listens to The Cure, Duran Duran, The Jam and other bands for inspiration, and writes songs for his rag-tag band to perform for a music video he hopes Raphina will appear in.
Part coming-of-age movie, part nostalgia trip for adults (the slices of eighties life and music are a treat), part comedy and part drama, this is an absolutely adorable movie packed with terrific performances. All the kids are charming, especially Walsh-Peelo, and there is great support from the adult cast that includes Aiden Gillen and Maria Doyle Kennedy as Conor’s divorcing parents.
The music is great, too – especially the hilarious The Riddle Of The Model and the incredibly catchy Drive It Like You Stole It – and you’ll be humming those eighties hits and the movie’s new compositions long after the credits have rolled. One of those rare movies that both grown-ups and older kids will take to their hearts – don’t miss it.
Is Sing Street suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...
Parents should note there is some bad language and mild sex and drug references.