News and Tribune

June 20, 2014

Movie preview: “Jersey Boys”

Rated: R for language throughout

Running time: 2 hr 14 min

Cast: Christopher Walken, Vincent Piazza, John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda

Plot: This is musical biography of the iconic group the Four Seasons — from their rise, through the tough times and personal clashes, to the ultimate triumph of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation. In addition to following the quartet’s coming of age as performers, the movie also looks at how an allegiance to a code of honor learned in the streets of their native New Jersey got them through a multitude of challenges including gambling debts, Mafia threats and family disasters.