The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico is a rockin’ good time in the theatre.
This Canadian film follows another recent Canadian mockumentary, It’s All Gone Pete Tong and lives up to that film. While the comparison may not be completely fair as the two take different approaches, they are both pretend documentaries about phoney music legends that are mostly funny but surprisingly compelling.
The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico is the tale of the Northern Alberta native who became the drug fuelled, accident prone alternative country legend Guy Terrifico, known most for his foul mouth, hard partying and tendency towards controversy. The film follows his rocket to the top and the suspicious circumstances of his death. The impetus for the film is the mysterious letters received by Terrifico’s contemporaries inviting them to participate in a tribute album.
Terrifico is filled with cameos by country rebel legends like Merle Haggard, Tony Hawkins and Kris Kristopherson himself. The realism the film creates makes the humour all the more shocking and powerful. Each contributes with a straight face, adding their Terrifico experience to ours.
The music is buy film maker Michael Mabbott and star Matt Murphy and is one of the strongest parts of the film. The songs are remarkable, a sign that the film makers have a real love for their subject which always makes a film that much more enjoyable.
A film like this makes you wish that Guy Terrifico really existed. The film is good enough to make you believe he did… and that he faked his own death to live a simple life in Spain.