Pearl’s Jam

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In Brief: Hank Bones' second film is a little more cinematically adventurous than The Quitters (2014), but the content is also a good deal less sophisticated. That's more of a comment than a complaint, because nothing about Pearl's Jam suggests it was ever intended to be anything other than a fun little movie made by a group of friends, though it also provides a showcase for the Jon Henrys' (Hank Bones, Jon Corbin, Kevin Kehrberg, Lyndsay Pruett, Henry Westmoreland, Russ Wilson) music. The loose — but interestingly tied together — plot concerns Russ (Russ Wilson) finding the world's rarest record (the "Pearl's Jam" of the title) and trying to cash in on it. There's also a subplot about the world's oldest rapper (Earl Sachais), who doesn't know he's a rapper. It's just something that happens whenever he is accosted by a rap beat. Overall, it's just a good-natured little homegrown production that makes use of Asheville as a setting (it even doubles — none too convincingly — as Washington, D.C., at one point) and local talent.
Genre: Local Comedy with Music
Director: Hank Bones
Starring: Hank Bones, Jon Corbin, Kevin Kehrberg, Lyndsay Pruett, Henry Westmoreland, Russ Wilson, Earl Sachais, Marvin Price, Cedric Mansell
Rated: NR

Pearl’s Jam premieres Saturday, June 11, at 8:30 p.m. at Wedge Brewing Co. It’s free and open to the public, and bring a folding chair.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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