Movie Review: Searching For Sugar Man

Did he really commit suicide during a concert performance?  What ever happened to the singer Rodriguez?  Those questions are answered in an entertaining documentary called “Searching For Sugar Man.”

If you like pop music from the late 1960’s and early 70’s, then Rodriguez could be one of the most talented musicians you never heard about.  His voice is amazing.  But, he never hit it big in the United States.

But, he was a HUGE hit in South Africa during the Apartheid years in the 70’s and 80’s.  Two fans, Stephen Segerman and Craig Bertholomew, made it their business to find out exactly what happened to Rodriguez.  And, “Searching for Sugar Man” is the fruits of their labor.  The fruit is tasting pretty sweet.

The film not only informs the audience about the singer.  It presents you with a first-class mystery.  Let me stop right there, so I don’t give too much away.  Just be assured that if you like the style of pop music that I love, you’ll find “Searching For Sugar Man” to be an excellent experience.  Grade: A

Fast Facts:

Theatrical Release Date: July 27, 2012 (Still playing)

Released by Sony Pictures Classics

Runtime: 85 minutes

Rated: PG-13