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Mr. Music


Mr. Music

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Stevie Nicks may have had a highly successful solo career and overcome addictions to numerous unpronounceable prescription drugs, and Lindsey Buckingham may have been the mind behind Tusk, but has either starred in a made-for-cable movie about the world's youngest music executive? A pop-eyed, pony-tailed Mick Fleetwood beats his bandmates to that particular punch by starring in the teen-oriented Mr. Music as a down-on-his-luck guitar virtuoso and label head who hires a music-savvy 15-year-old (Jonathan Tucker) as a vice-president at the flagging Tone Records, which, in the early '70s, was apparently home to Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and other improbable stars. Hoping to attract a contemporary hitmaker like Dave Matthews with his publicity stunt before dismissing the kid, Fleetwood realizes he's bitten off more than he can chew once he comes to like the lovable scamp. It takes some convincing on Tucker's part, however, that a little group known as Treble Charger (a real band that's not too bad if you've never heard Hüsker Dü) will be just the thing to turn Tone around. You can pretty much figure out where things go from there, and if you can't, that's probably still not reason enough to tune in for this undistinguished rags-to-riches tale. Even the most devoted Fleetwood Mac fans will find themselves watching Tucker for the lion's share of the film, which is not a situation anyone should willingly endure.