Directed by Clint Eastwood and based on the Tony Award-winning musical of the same name, "Jersey Boys" was released to movie-going audiences this summer and was met with mixed reviews from film critics.
The film tells the story of the famous musical group, The Four Seasons. The year is 1951 and the location is Belleville, New Jersey. Narrating the story, the character Tommy DeVito introduces the audience to himself, his brother Nicky, and their friend Nick Massi. The group performs together calling themselves The Variety Trio. Tommy also introduces the audience to 16-year-old Frankie (the son of a barber) already well known in town for his singing voice. The group gets into some intersting trouble with the law along the way to their rise to musical success.
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently holds a 54% rating based on 183 reviews. The site's consensus reads: "Jersey Boys is neither as inventive nor as energetic as it could be, but there's no denying the powerful pleasures of its musical moments". This is in line with a recent "Jersey Boys" movie review posted on rogerebert.com.