"Pirate Radio" took a long time getting here. It was nearly three hours long after the first edit, was released in the UK at about 155 minutes, and turned up in the US with a new title (originally, it was "The Boat the Rocked") at 135. Even at that, it is still loose, meandering, kind of shapeless... and utterly wonderful.
I am a sucker for stories about courage in everyday situations, and this is one of them. There is also the soundtrack, which is deliriously wonderful if you have any taste for mid-60's rock. The critics pretty much hate this movie. Of course, they would. It is about friendship, and courage, and honor, and passion. And, again, music.
If you really want your head bent, might I suggest the "Bill Nighy, Rock God" trilogy? Sit down and watch "Still Crazy", "Love Actually", and then this. And then TRY not to dig the guitar out of the closet. I dare you.