Mistaken For Strangers

2014 • 74 minutes
222 reviews
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About this movie

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.

Ratings and reviews

222 reviews
Erick Benitez
March 30, 2014
If you love the National and want a glimpse of what the underworkings of Matt's relationship dynamic with his brother are like, then you will highly enjoy it. If you want a documentary about the band itself with tons of performances look elsewhere.
Dan Enders
March 29, 2014
This film is hilarious, entertaining, and sentimental. I'm definitely going to watch it again.
Lindsay Van Nice
June 30, 2022
Makes you love The National more than you did yesterday.