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Maybe I expected too much from the Clint Eastwood-directed film “Jersey Boys.”

I gave this movie a solid B. This flick traces the life of singer Frankie Valli and his Four Seasons from their humble beginnings in New Jersey.

While I’m not an ardent follower of his music, some of his tunes – like the rich “My Eyes Adored You” – have stood the test of time. Valli’s falsetto singing style is unique.

I appreciated that the characters in this movie at times spoke directly to the movie audience to explain certain back stories.

I have always enjoyed stories that explore the origins of singing groups. When the Four Seasons make an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, cracks become apparent in this band.

Christopher Walken does a wonderful turn as a mob boss who loves their tunes.

This story that clocked in at over two hours and dragged at times.

I couldn’t understand how Frankie Valli could absorb the monetary mess created by one of his friends in the band. Friendship or foolishness?

I thought this film overly presented Valli as a saint, witness the Four Seaons’ induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.

So go for the music and appreciate this story.

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