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Kurt & Courtney
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by Charles Tatum

"Courtney & Nick"
2 stars

For such a "controversial" effort, this film does not have much bite. The director's point of view is so unfocused, he himself admits he does not know where he is going with his reporting.

The conspiracy theorists interviewed here come off as fringe dwellers at best, and unreliable at worst. The film eventually turns into a rock and roll version of "Roger and Me," as Courtney Love is half heartedly tracked down to answer questions about Cobain.

Grunge, just a form of punk, was on its way out when Cobain killed himself. The pathetic hangers-on that he left behind can do nothing but trash each other and continue to relive those heady days through obvious substance abuse.

The only sympathetic subject here is Cobain's Aunt Mary, who plays tapes of Cobain's toddler rantings, as well as who recorded some of his early songs. She is the only person here who seems to have any affection for this troubled man. She reminds us that Kurt was like everyone else, just a kid who wanted to be a star.

The cutesy direction gets old, the camera runs as the crew approaches the subjects' houses. At one point, the filmmakers are thrown out of a building in a sequence put in just to show how intrepid the documentarians are. However, the best scene involves the director crashing an ACLU banquet, and watching this celebration of Liberalism and free speech get up in arms over someone trying to exercise their rights.

The film had over forty instances of profanity, some onstage violence, nudity in an underground music video, and tons of frank talk about substance abuse, all of which illustrates how very empty many of these peoples' lives are. "Kurt & Courtney" rarely dips below the surface.

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User Comments

8/16/14 eeeheeheehee I don't believe the conspiracy. He killed himself. 2 stars
2/16/07 David Pollastrini said a lot without saying much 2 stars
8/30/05 ES She did have him killed and the world is a gloomier place without Nirvana 4 stars
7/17/05 Brandy Harrington I'm a Nirvana fan, but this thing kinda sucks. 2 stars
4/06/05 Alejandro Luna Even if she's not a killer, Courtney's skank and flabby behind deserves to kicked like this 5 stars
6/10/04 Kurt Rules K-dog you are a fucking cocksucker, go listen to your shitty Linkin Park CDs. 5 stars
4/15/04 jo007 Take a look at this movie...and you'll hate COURTNEY SLUT LOVE even more..Kurt kick ass!!!! 5 stars
4/06/04 John Aster Habig Awesome dead on look at the sadomasochistic relations of a sad poet and a cruel hag 5 stars
1/05/04 Charles Tatum Plays like an Oliver Stone paranoia special 2 stars
1/26/03 John Aster Habig profound, solid, though-provokoing could finally send Courtney 20 to life at a state prison 5 stars
8/07/00 Rob Courtney Love rocks. Her music was always better then Kurt's. 4 stars
6/15/99 Dylan Its like acid-it can potentially make you very, very paranoid. I liked it though. 4 stars
4/10/99 Tristynn Very disturbing.I knew all along the nasty bitch killed him...great movie for Kurt fans.. 5 stars
10/24/98 Vincent A hilarious collection of white trash, but has nothing to do with Kurt & Courtney 4 stars
10/18/98 Kwyjibo Someone should ban Chip Taylor. Oh yeah, the movie was funny. 4 stars
8/16/98 {{{OZ}}} Courtney did him in, but it wasn't her fault. She was strung out at the time. Swear. 4 stars
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  27-Feb-1998 (R)
  DVD: 10-Apr-2001

  03-Jul-1998 (15)

  17-Sep-1998 (M)

Directed by
  Nick Broomfield

Written by
  Nick Broomfield

  Nick Broomfield
  Kurt Cobain
  El Duce
  Tom Grant
  Hank Harrison
  Courtney Love

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