The Dirt

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Okay, I will proudly tell you that I grew up in the 80’s. It was a decade to remember, no matter how or what you remember about it…

It was the decade of Ronald Reagan, yuppies, teased hair and bright neon colors. It was when Madonna told Dick Clark she wanted to rule the world, the Berlin Wall finally came down and Michael Jackson moon walked right into our living rooms while we watched MTV. The 1980’s was a time that some of us wore our Coca-Cola shirts and dreamt of driving Ferrari’s. When we all wanted to find an E.T of our own and we were all afraid of Freddy Krueger; we all sang along to Purple Rain and wanted to be brave yet mischievous enough to take a day off with Ferris Bueller. We played Pac-Man, Galaga and Donkey-Kong. At night we watched The Cosby Show, Dallas, Who’s the Boss, Roseanne or Monday Night Football while our parents were probably listening to “the rest of the story” with Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes. It’s where we danced along with Duran Duran and Culture Club like we were starring in Footloose ourselves. Lethal Weapon and Fatal Attraction were filled with suspense and action and Porky’s was just adolescent confusion. But the 80’s also gave us the hair bands…Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, Ratt, Quiet Riot, Van Halen, Poison, and Mötley Crüe.

Mötley Crüe … four unlikely band-mates who made a name for themselves by being completely wild, doing what they wanted when they wanted and with who they wanted. It’s a movie that even surprised me, maybe embarrassed me a little and that doesn’t happen easily. The Dirt touches on many of the bands more controversial moments starting with Nikki Sixx’s horrible childhood to his dark place with his drug use. Vince Neil’s daughter’s untimely death and his part in the death of Hanoi Rocks drummer “Razzle”. It also tells us of Tommy Lee’s rocky marriage to (now ex) Heather Locklear and Mick Mars’ bone disease. Each band member’s character narrates through the whole movie telling us bits and pieces of the omnium-gatherum. From the streets of Hollywood with a runaway who played the bass to and old man on lead guitar with a cover band singer and young drummer they found themselves on the stages across the globe, Mötley Crüe definitely punched a hole into the 80’s and left their notorious mark on the world.

Yes, I did like this Netflix movie, I did like hearing some of their most popular songs that I can remember listening to at school dances, cruising the strip with my friends or blaring on the television while MTV was just music videos (but that is a whole different story)! I won’t tell you all about it because I think you should see it for yourself, but it is for sure for adults only and it does carry the TV-MA rating. The Dirt is filled with nudity, drug use and profanity, so not for the younger crowd. It is directed by Jeff Tremaine and runs for 1 hour 47 minutes.

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