I've quite simply seen nothing like this before. It's execution in syringing pop ballads into its subject matter remains disjointed. However this only adds to the absurd tone, of what I do not consider to be a musical, but a surreal celebration of human nature captured in film.
Couldn't sit through it. Had the same reaction to the series "Viva Blackpool". Love musicals where I'm not listening to people sing along with the original recordings. This is a very specific problem for me as I love Dennis Potter lip-synched musicals like "Pennies From Heaven" and "The Singing Detective" (television and film).
I've seen the whole singing along with pop songs done better elsewhere. I didn't feel any sort of interaction between any of the characters, its like they were all in different films. Winslet & Walken were great, but I didn't believe for one second that Mary-Louise Parker and that other chick from the Sopranos were Gandolfini's daughters.