Some films are so comfortable on the fringe that they don't even attempt to pretend that they are going for the mainstream audience. "My Dinner with Jimi" is occasionally funny, but consistently weird. Director Bill Fishman (Tapeheads) obviously has a warm spot in his heart for 60s music and this film is an ode to that musical period.
Based on the experiences of Howard Kaylan, who was a member of the band The Turtles, the focal point of the film is a trip that The Turtles took to London, England. We see how either side of the Atlantic viewed this magical period in music history.
Howard Kaylan (Justin Henry – Sixteen Candles, Kramer vs. Kramer) is in London with his group The Turtles and has dinner one night with legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix (Royale Watkins – Deliver Us From Eva, Speed 2: Cruise Control). Jimi bestows all his advice about the music industry upon Howard along with some golden nuggets about life in general.
Not surprisingly the best part of the film is when The Turtles sing their huge hit "Happy Together". Most of the film is told through a drug and alcohol haze and maybe it is better to watch this film under the same conditions. I'm not recommending it, I'm just saying… it might bring a different perspective to a film that sorely needs it.
It took awhile for this film to be released and I'm not sure the wait was worth it, but it is not a total waste of time as for those of you who are nostalgic about this era it really will bring it back for you.
-The Turtles in London