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Year - 2019
Studio - Universal
Stars - Himesh Patel, Lily James, Joel Fry, Ed Sheeran, Kate McKinnon
Director - Danny Boyle
Writing Credits - Jack Barth, Richard Curtis
Music - Daniel Pemberton, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr
Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a struggling solo artist rock musician who, despite the encouragement and unwavering support from his manager, Ellie Appleton (Lily James), is just about ready to give it all up. As he rides his bicycle one night, there is a sudden worldwide power outage, lasting only a few seconds but, in the darkness, he crashes. His injuries include the loss of two front teeth. At the hospital he jokes to Ellie, “Will you still feed me when I’m 64?” She laughs and says she will, but adds, “Why age 64?” Later he sings an old Beatles standard to some friends; they compliment him but claim to have never heard it before. He Googles the name “Beatles”, and only finds entries for the bugs, beetles.
Jack realizes that, in this strange alternate universe, he has an opportunity to become famous by “composing” and singing Lennon & McCartney tunes. He desperately tries to remember the lyrics to as many of the songs as he can and, with the help of Ellie and his goofball roadie, Rocky (Joel Fry) he begins performing them.
His music is an immediate success and Ed Sheeran (playing himself) asks him to be the opening act on his upcoming tour. Jack becomes an overnight sensation. Ellie is excited about Jack’s improbable rise, but worried that the special bond between that they’ve had is being lost. That becomes especially evident when Debra (Kate McKinnon) an aggressive and abrasive Hollywood agent, moves in to manage Jack’s new life.
The screenplay is by Richard Curtis, who also wrote and directed About Time, as well as two other non-fantasy romantic comedies, Notting Hill and Love, Actually.