“The Music Never Stopped” is a drama film released in 2011 and directed by Jim Kohlberg. The movie is based on the essay “The Last Hippie” by Oliver Sacks and stars J.K. Simmons, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Julia Ormond.
The film tells the story of a father, Henry Sawyer (J.K. Simmons), who is estranged from his son, Gabriel (Lou Taylor Pucci), due to Gabriel’s love of rock music and drugs. However, when Gabriel develops a brain tumor that leaves him unable to form new memories, Henry must learn to reconnect with his son and understand his love of music in order to help him heal.
The film is notable for its exploration of the healing power of music and its themes of family, love, and forgiveness. It received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising the performances of the cast and the emotional resonance of the story, while others criticized its overly sentimental and melodramatic approach.
Despite mixed critical reception, “The Music Never Stopped” was a modest commercial success, grossing over $1 million at the box office. The film’s exploration of the connection between music and memory has since made it a favorite among fans of music-themed films.
Duration: 105 min.