I was excited because of the solid cast and the fact that The Smiths are the main focal point of the film. Written and directed by Stephen Kijak (We Are X, Stones in Exile, Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of), Shoplifters of the World stars Helena Howard (Amazon’s “The Wilds,” Madeline’s Madeline), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood, Showtime’s “The Good Lord Bird”), Elena Kampouris (Children of the Corn, “Sacred Lies”), Nick Krause (Boyhood, The Descendants), James Bloor (Nat Geo’s “Barkskins”), with Thomas Lennon (“Reno 911!,” Night at the Museum) and Joe Manganiello (HBO’s “True Blood,” Magic Mike, Archenemy).

This is such a fun slice of life in the ’80s, and how one group united people because of their music. The Smiths is a great band and I would like to go out right now and buy some of their records. If you want to excite someone who has never heard of The Smith’s, then this is the movie to show them.

The Smiths were different things to different people, but one thing is for sure is that they united the youth who felt marginalized and thought of themselves as outsiders. The band gave people a voice that they could relate to. That is why it was such a devastating blow to have the band break up.

Not all movies can tell a story when the action takes place during the course of one night. Shoplifters of the World is just that type of movie. It belongs in the same league other great movies, such as Can’t Hardly Wait and Dazed and Confused. In fact, these would make a cool triple feature.

1987 Denver is the setting for the film. The costuming and set pieces capture the time period perfectly. The hairstyle of the cast is integral for the success of a film and is especially important for a period film. I always enjoy seeing the cars that are used in the production.

The entire cast is great, but Krause is fantastic in this and plays exceptionally well off of Manganiello. What his character does is one of the most irrational, yet romantic things.

Shoplifters of the World is a fun film, that is a nice escape. If you love 80’s music or are a fan of The Smiths, then this is a must-watch.


In the Summer of 1987, four friends, reeling from the sudden break-up of the iconic British band The Smiths, embark on a night out of partying to mourn their musical loss. At the same time, an impassioned Smiths fan takes a local radio DJ hostage at gunpoint and forces him to play nothing but Smiths tracks. With the radio station playing as the soundtrack to their night, the friends go on a wild journey of self-discovery that will transform them forever. Featuring an incredible soundtrack – including 20 songs from The Smiths – Shoplifters of the World is a glorious ode to the craziness of the ‘80s and the power of music to change people’s lives.


Shoplifters of the World arrives in theaters, On Demand and Digital March 26.

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