Movie review: 'Stoned'

  • Updated: May 4, 2006 - 2:00 PM

Back in the day, the rock 'n' roll decadence of the Rolling Stones was more than an elderly man on vacation falling out of a coconut tree. Brian Jones, the band's second guitarist from its formation in 1962 until he was fired in 1969, provided as much of the group's outlaw swagger and stage presence as Mick Jagger or Keith Richards. He played hard, partied harder and ended up dead in his swimming pool under mysterious circumstances at 27. "Stoned" dramatizes the story of his rise and rapid flameout with the woozy, drug-addled camera effects of 1960s rock movies. It follows the theory that Jones was murdered by a building contractor whom the rocker tried to draw into his decadent lifestyle, where mistresses were as widely shared as drugs. Leo Gregory's performance as Jones fails to capture his rebel charisma, and the film, like its subject, winds up all wet, floating without direction, and lifeless.


* out of four stars

Unrated but includes violence, language, drug use, nudity and sex.

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