Directed by Michael Dowse, starring Paul Kaye, Mike Wilmot, Beatriz Batarda and Kate Magowan.
Writer-director Michael Dowse's tale of excess and redemption in Ibiza begins rather shakily as hedonism seems akin to vulgarity, but 'It's All Gone Pete Tong', or 'It's All Gone Wrong' in plain English, is overall an enjoyable movie.
Celebrated dance club DJ Frankie Wilde (Kaye) has been living the high life in Ibiza. He has a nice house, beautiful wife, plenty of money and fame, but it all goes drastically wrong when he loses his hearing. Naturally, his career and life start to go down the tubes and it's not long before his sanity starts to follow. He can't work, his wife has left him and his drug habit is ruining his life.
After a year of wallowing in self-pity, among other things, Frankie decides that a new attitude is called for. He learns to read lips from Penelope (Batarda, playing a deaf woman very convincingly) and soon figures out how he can return to doing what he loves.
Real-life DJs Pete Tong, Paul Van Dyk, Tiesto, Carl Cox and others good-naturedly share their insights into the 'career' of Frankie Wilde in documentary-style interviews. This lends weight to an otherwise implausible film. The fact that it's set in Ibiza also serves it well, as you can suspend your disbelief far easier than you would normally be able to.
The real high point of the film is Paul Kaye's performance. He makes Frankie crude but very likeable and he is ably supported by a cast who, above all, seem to enjoy their roles. While the first 45 minutes are a little over the top and high in vulgarity, 'It's All Gone Pete Tong' ultimately settles into a feelgood movie about redemption.