Mistaken for Strangers started out as a behind-the-scenes tour documentary filmed by Matt’s younger brother Tom, but eventually shifts its focus to the two brothers. There are shots of the band on stage, but most of it is candid footage as Tom navigates his brother’s world.
What follows is an honest look at fraternal bonds as Tom struggles to fit in and deal with the pervading reality in his life. As a metalhead, he doesn’t get the crazy-free indie vibe of his brother’s band. As the affable slacker, he’s always been the loser of the family next to the golden boy now rock star brother Matt.
The documentary is alternately hilarious and pathetic as Tom tries to do his job (but just gets in the way) while filming (which he has no clear vision for) the tour. But in the process, he realizes that he has to accept that he will always be under his brother’s shadow and must find his own worth.
Mistaken for Strangers looks more like a home movie rather than a rock documentary. It doesn’t have much about the band as the members get dragged in as Tom deals with his personal issues. But along the way, the documentary proves to be touching and inspiring. It even has more depth than what the creator intended. You don’t need to be a fan to enjoy it.
Mistaken for Strangers
Mistaken for Strangers is a hilarious crowd-pleaser that shares insights into sibling rivalry, fame, and self-redemption.