Director: Richard Curtis. Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Emma Thompson. 116 min. Rated R. UK/Germany/USA/France. Comedy.
During the 60s, ships off the England shore would broadcast banned rock music to listeners, the government trying to shut them down. Add to that a mid-movie "I'm Spartacus!" scene, and a Titanic ending, and that rounds up the entire story. Although Pirate Radio has its moments (the comically poignant breakup of an innocent 17-hour marriage, by a hottie who wants to be with the ship's main DJ), I was expecting much more creativity from the creators of Notting Hill and Love, Actually. Watch this only if you're a fan of the era's music, as the movie has plenty.