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Family Movie Review: Sound City (NR)

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MPAA Rating: NR        Length: 108 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 12+. Some infrequent cursing.

For rock nerds, ‘Sound City’ will be pure joy. A documentary from Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl about the legendary Sound City Studios, where numerous bands like Fleetwood Mac, Nirvana, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers recorded, the film is awash in nostalgia and trivia. It gets unfocused in its second half, but until then, ‘Sound City’ is a spellbinding thing.

By Roxana Hadadi

Dave Grohl puts his money where his mouth is, and that’s a respectable quality in a musician. The Foo Fighters frontman—and, of course, the drummer for infamous grunge band Nirvana—has a clear passion for rock history, and so he buys parts of it to preserve for as long as he can. With the documentary “Sound City,” Grohl takes that protective tendency one step further, investigating the myth behind the legendary Van Nuys, Calif., recording studio Sound City and figuring out a way to honor the impact of the place. The first part of that cinematic mission is great, but the second … well, the advocacy just isn’t as compelling, even if it does mean Paul McCartney shows up.

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