Pretty sappy flick about triumph after despair, and the power of music to change the world. But Miyazaki Aoi! She still has that coy smile and should probably learn to leave it behind as she gets older, but if you are a fan of her she is lovely to behold once again and almost redeems the film with sweaty guitar playing. There's a scene in the film where a guitar teacher tells her "I think guitar works best when you look cool playing it". While there's not a lot of it, and what is there is edited with great care, Miyazaki does look pretty cool playing guitar.
Meiko Inoue is a recent college grad working as an office lady in a job she hates. Her boyfriend Naruo is permanently crashing at her apartment because his job as a freelance illustrator doesn't pay enough for rent. And her parents in the country keep sending her boxes of veggies that just rot in her fridge. Straddling the line between her years as a student and the rest of her life, Meiko struggles with the feeling that she's just not cut out to be a part of the real world