is a problematic movie almost before the opening credits even roll. The premise is supposed to be that an Irish high schooler named Neil McCormick (Ben Barnes) starts a band with his brother Ivan (Robert Sheehan) at the same moment their schoolmate Paul Hewson (Martin McCann) starts a rival band. Hewson soon gets his band signed, changes his name to Bono, and the group becomes U2, the biggest rock act in the world. Meanwhile, Neil’s group -- which eventually settles on the name Shook Up -- flounders in obscurity, crippled by mediocre music and infuriatingly poor decisions usually fueled by Neil’s fierce jealousy of U2.
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