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My Dinner with Jimi (2003)




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Although he later received notoriety as a member of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention and as half of the duo Flo & Eddie, Howard Kaylan is likely best remembered as the lead singer of the 1960s pop band the Turtles. It is this period of his life that Kaylan illustrates in his autobiographical screenplay for My Dinner With Jimi. Beginning right before the band hit it big with their single "Happy Together," the film follows Kaylan (played here by Justin Henry from Kramer vs. Kramer) as he and his bandmates struggle through gigs at small clubs and spend their free time hanging out in a deli, discussing the draft with Jim Morrison (Bret Roberts), Mama Cass (Lisa Brounstein), and Zappa (Adam Tomei). When their song hits number one on the charts, the Turtles head out to tour England, where they catch up with their old friend Graham Nash (Chris Soldevilla). Nash takes the band to a club where they meet the Beatles and Kaylan has a lengthy chat with John Lennon (Brian Groh). Further cementing his rapid transformation from fan to star, Kaylan is then introduced to Jimi Hendrix (Royale Watkins), leading to the titular dinner. Featuring a supporting cast led by George Wendt, John Corbett, and Curtis Armstrong, My Dinner With Jimi was directed by Bill Fishman, best known for his cult-classic directorial debut, 1988's Tapeheads.

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Justin Henry
as Howard Kaylan
Royale Watkins
as Jimi Hendrix
Jason Boggs
as Mark Volman
George Wendt
as Bill Uttley
Brett Gilbert
as John Barbata
Sean Maysonet
as Jim 'Tucko' Tucker
George Stanchev
as Al Nichol
Brian Groh
as John Lennon
Quinton Flynn
as Paul McCartney
Ben Bode
as Ringo Starr
Nate Dushku
as George Harrison
Lisa Brounstein
as Mama Cass
John Corbett
as Henry Diltz
Bret Roberts
as Jim Morrison
Adam Tomei
as Frank Zappa
Curtis Armstrong
as Herb Cohen
Taylor Negron
as Psychiatrist
Chris Elwood
as Justin Hayward
Todd Lowe
as John Lodge
Chris Soldevilla
as Graham Nash
Jill Marie Simon
as Jane Asher
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Critic Reviews for My Dinner with Jimi

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

More a collection of dubiously myth-serving, purple-hazed '60s' sketches than anything else.

December 7, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4

Sweet and warm but not particularly profound.

December 7, 2007 | Rating: 2/4

We can groan over those terrible wigs all we want, but by the end of the picture, we're still taken in by Kaylan's dizzying story.

August 28, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Great fun, an old hippie's anecdote brought to life.

December 7, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

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