This biopic, based on John Denver's autobiography, "Take Me Home," will be enjoyed by hardcore fans but is still awful in many ways. The story begins in the early 60s as John (Chad Lowe) begins his folk singing career, meets Annie (Kristin Davis) at a gig, and falls in love on the spot. They marry and move to Aspen, but as John's career takes off, tension builds in the marriage. They divorce, he has a short second marriage, and he discovers his love of flying, something that finally earns his stern father's (Gerald McRaney) respect.
This movie is a Cliffs Notes summary of John's life; it's poorly-written and amateurish and lacks any depth or emotion. Lowe (who dons a hideous clown wig that makes him look like Dana Carvey in "Wayne's World") mugs shamelessly throughout, playing a leering innocent who never seems to grow up. (In fact, though the film covers thirty years, no one ages.) Davis is very pretty but the horrible script doesn't give her much chance to develop. McRaney plays the only character who seems real, and he's the villain of the piece.
The story is shallow and Lowe's Denver isn't likeable or charismatic. His hair is so laughable and distracting that the movie doesn't have a chance. Although we hear Denver sing many of his songs, Lowe is terrible at lip-syncing. The DVD extras are worthless; where's some footage of the real JD we loved?
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