Hailed by Michael Moore as "one of the best documentaries about a band that I've ever seen" and by Pitchfork as "the funniest, most meta music movie since Spinal Tap," Mistaken for Strangers is a truly hilarious and touching film about two brothers, Matt and Tom Berninger. Matt, the lead singer of the critically acclaimed rock band The National, finally finds himself flush with success. His younger brother Tom is a loveable slacker - a filmmaker and metal-head still living with his parents in Cincinnati. On the eve of The National's biggest tour to date, Matt invites Tom to work for the band as a roadie, unaware of Tom's plan to film the entire adventure. What starts as a rock documentary quickly becomes a crowd-pleasing journey about family, ambition, and the creative process.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
"Mistaken for Strangers" is, like its maker, scruffy, undisciplined and eager to be loved. The big surprise is how easy it is to comply.Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 03.27.2014
The finest rock doc since Anvil: The Story of Anvil.Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 04.04.2014
Alternately hilarious, cringe-inducing, inspiring, depressing, stupid and profoundly intelligent.Chris Talbott, Associated Press, 04.02.2014
For all their obvious differences, the bond between affable Tom and laser-intense Matt reveals itself in ways both subtle and profound.Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 04.03.2014