Barenaked in America

on September 29, 2000 by Kevin Courrier
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With a provocatively funny title, actor Jason Priestley (of "Beverly Hills 90210")'s "Barenaked in America" is a charmingly witty examination of the rise to fame of one of Canada's best pop groups, The Barenaked Ladies. Priestly follows the group on their first major tour of America in 1998 after the release of their CD "Rock Spectacle." But Priestly doesn't just fawn over the band; he probes the reasons for their success and allows their quirky personalities to emerge. What we discover is a group of guys who personify the suburban adolescent whose ambitions were formed in the isolation of their rec rooms. Priestly lets us see how their good-natured humor puts across some melancholic and darkly tinged ideas. Their friendship also helps them cope with their keyboard player's diagnosis of leukemia just as they were hitting their stride. "Barenaked in America" is a full frontal spectacle of good fun. Starring The Barenaked Ladies, Jeff Goldblum, Jon Stewart, Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter and Moses Znaimer. Directed by Jason Priestley. Produced by Cheryl Teetzel. No distributor set. Documentary. Not yet rated. Running time: 89 min.
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