In the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank (Nick Offerman) is preparing to send his hard-working daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) off to college, while being forced to close his vintage shop. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly “jam-sesh” into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an Internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery.
Starring: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Toni Collette,
Sasha Lane and Blythe Danner
Directed by: Brett Haley (The Hero, I’ll See You In My Dreams)
Written by: Brett Haley & Marc Basch
Original Songs and Music by: Keegan DeWitt
OPENS JUNE 29, 2018
Hearts Beat Loud Review
Mike: Today I’m reviewing Hearts Beat Loud, a story about a father and daughter, music and the summer before she heads off to college.
You may not have heard of this film that has slipped in to a summer full of big budgeted blockbusters. It’s not being heavily advertised and honestly I hadn’t heard of it until I was offered the chance to review it. The good news is that since I did see it, I’m here to tell you about a needle you may have overlooked in the summer haystack of movies.
This is a small family drama/comedy/musical with, if you’ll excuse the expression, “heart”. The story focuses on the summer before Sam Fisher (Kiersey Clemons) leaves home to start pre med across the country from her Brooklyn, New York home. Sam’s father Frank (Nick Offerman) is having a rough time and tries some last minute bonding over music.
Offerman is probably most famous as Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation. While he offers a splash of humor to the story, he does a great job of dramatic acting as a father at a crossroads in his life.
Kiersey Clemons has a number of credits under her relatively unknown belt. This film may get her really noticed. The bonus is that she is a gifted singer who can do her own singing throughout the movie.
The movie revolves around Frank and Sam, but they have some impressive actors circling around them. Casting wise it’s tough to go wrong having Ted Danson, Toni Collette and Blythe Danner in your film.
This is a sweet, family oriented story. To be sure it is what we call a “feel good” movie, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be without depth. Also, if you are a music fan, this movie has a heck of a good soundtrack.
I give this movie a 3.5 out of 5. Hearts Beat Loud may not stick with you for weeks, but it will keep you entertained during your time in the theater seat.