Seniors Get Down to 'Pump Up the Jam' in The Over the Hill Band
Music uniting the generations is the hoary premise behind Geoffrey Enthovens The Over the Hill Band, in which recently widowed Claire (Marilou Mermans) reconnects with her estranged middle-aged son, Sid (Jan van Looveren), via the formation of a most unlikely performing group. The only problem is that while Mom and her two singing partners are partial to the tunes of Jacques Brel, her boorish offspring turns out poor-selling R & B albums. (The term in this Belgian context apparently refers to a heavily sexualized mix of hip-hop and electronica.) But come together the pair do, albeit mostly on Sids terms. Enthoven and his screenwriters walk a fine line between celebrating the vitality of the elderly and asking us to laugh at their youthful affectations, twice embarrassing his three septuagenarians by forcing them to sing along to Technotronics Pump Up the Jam. But even if these look at those wacky seniors moments predominate, theres still a genuine sense of saddened empathy for the marginalized elderseven a (timid) acknowledgment of their still vital libidos. Too bad Claires big sex scene is tastefully elided by a fade, while the principal expression of elder geriatric sexuality is the allegedly comic sight of a repressed woman getting off via the vibrations produced by a young stud thumping away on his bass.
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