The Polka King
This is the story of Jan Lewan, polka ponzi scheme perp.
Jack Black plays Jan, and he does a good job of it, along with the rest of the cast in their roles. The best character would be Jan’s mother-in-law, although she is portrayed as a grumpy curmudgeon which she probably wasn’t so much in reality, but it was good for a few laughs.
There are a few fictional elements added to the story for comedic purposes, and the real reason for Jan being skivved in prison was fabricated, but the rest of it seemed accurate when compared to the documentary at least.
Jan was involved in the film, mostly by chatting with Jack Black on Skype about his life story, and Jan joined him during recording of the soundtrack. Jack also worked with the Jan Lewan orchestra. Jan fully endorses the film.
If you are interested in real-life stories of polka intrigue then this is worth a watch as it is quite accurate. As a stand-alone film it is just average.
Date watched: January 26th
Film count 2018: 7