[[quoteright:329: And the music never stops.]]

->''"It's going to be one of those days..."''

This is the only fictional live-action film Music/PaulMcCartney as solo artist truly stars in, and perhaps the ultimate vanity film. It is a musical about an unusually bad DayInTheLife of a character loosely based on Paul [=McCartney=]--but the story continually shifts through different levels of reality.

When it came out in 1984, it was critically panned (Creator/RogerEbert gave it one star) and commercially invisible. The reputation of the film [[GuiltyPleasure has been]] [[SoBadItsGood ameliorated]] for [[FanService fans of his]] by [[VindicatedByHistory time]]; acceptance of Paul's {{Cover Version}}s of [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] songs -- it was considered sacrilege in 1984, but we're used to it now -- and slow recognition that, while it violates WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief for most human beings to behave like the protagonist does, it ''is'' in character for someone based on Paul [=McCartney=]. Even if the screenwriter (possibly) gets humanity in general wrong, he cannot be completely out of characters writing a character loosely based on himself. RealLife incidents from the last decade or so suggest that he was closer to reality than he intended.

Oh, and Music/RingoStarr [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg is in it too.]]

Director: Peter Wells. Since he was new to film, and since Paul is something of a ControlFreak, it is uncertain how much directing Mr. Wells did.

Screenwriter: Paul [=McCartney=].
* TheAllegedCar: Tom the roadie's van.
* AllJustADream: Paul falls asleep during a bad traffic jam, and then we get this movie.
* [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil Analog Piracy Is Evil]]: Both {{played straight}} and {{subverted}}. The tape being stolen is a big deal, not just because of its causing problems for the legit release, but because there may be an illegit release. Paul himself gets along with Big Bob the bootlegger but doesn't want to do business with him...
* AntiHero: Paul
* AsHimself: Not just Paul, either. Everyone who plays an instrument or is seen messing with a recording console is playing who they are.
* AsYouKnow: Complete with lampshading.
* AuthorAvatar: Paul. This is one reason why the film is of interest.
* BreakawayPopHit: Casual fans are, or were in the 1990s at least, far more likely to know and care about "No More Lonely Nights" (with its great guitar solo provided by [[Music/PinkFloyd David Gilmour]]) than about the film it's a theme for.
* ClearMyName: Our protagonist must clear both that of the employee who our protagonist gave the tape to, and himself for trusting that tape to that employee.
* ConceptVideo: "Silly Love Songs," and the "Eleanor Rigby/Eleanor's Dream" dream sequence.
* ContemptibleCover: Several versions.
* CoolCar: At least one, that Paul drives.
* CreatorInJoke: As noted in the ViewersAreGeniuses entry.
* DayInTheLife: Specifically, 9 am to midnight.
* DeusExMachina: Or pure luck.
* DisneyAcidSequence: On more than one level.
* DreamWithinADream: Possibly even Dream within a Dream within a Dream.
* EnforcedMethodActing: Any time you ''[[RuleOfPerception see]]'' music being played, that music was being played ''as it was filmed.''
* FlashBack: There are several of these in the main body of the film; in the first viewing, they make it trickier to figure out what level of reality the film is on at any given moment.
* FloatingHeadSyndrome: On the most recent UsefulNotes/{{DVD}} packaging)
* HeroicBSOD: Several, most notably during and after the "Eleanor's Dream" segment.
* ImplausibleDeniability: Paul accepts Harry's explanations anyway.
* InevitableWaterfall: At a critical point of the "Eleanor's Dream" segment.
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind -- WordOfGod at the time of the film's release stated that dreams are related to the inner life of the dreamer.
* LawOfConservationOfNormality: With the fate of his music empire at stake, Paul ''still'' keeps his long schedule as if nothing has happened. Unusual, since this law doesn't normally apply to films.
* LifeEmbellished: Maybe not by much, but it was--both from life and inside the film.
* {{Masquerade}} Our protagonist ''is'' hiding what's going on from outsiders.
* MacGuffin: The tapes.
* MindScrew: Especially if watching this unspoiled.
* {{Mondegreen}}: [[InUniverse The]] [[EvenTheSubtitlerIsStumped subtitles]] on the most recent UsefulNotes/{{DVD}} of this film and the liner notes in the soundtrack CD (original printing) are at odds with each other.
* TheMusical: Natural in a film with Music/PaulMcCartney about a DayInTheLife of a musician.
* NeckLift: Big Bob to Tom the Roadie.
* NestedStory: Starts with Paul awake but sleepy in a limo trapped in a traffic jam. Ends after Paul is awakened at his destination. There are inner nests as well.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The impetus of the plot.
* NightmareSequence: Several.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: There is an ersatz Music/MichaelJackson in the "Silly Love Songs" scene.
* PerformanceVideo: There are several points where Paul and various back-up bands can be seen performing, and a couple of in-story music videos.
* PowerGlows: The tape case.
* TheQuest: To retrieve a certain master tape...
* SelfDeprecation: Paul, several times.
* SmokingIsCool: Ringo can really rock a cigarette.
* ThrowItIn: Perhaps half of Ringo's lines, and possibly some of Paul's responses.
* TitleDrop: Silliness that proves plot-critical
* ViewersAreGeniuses. This film has references to fine art, clever wordplay, multiple allusions, and assumptions of rock star life (in general) and [=McCartney's=] life (in particular)-and almost no one outside of the screenwriter's inner circle could get even half of these. Even the real MPL of the era missed some of the references in the {{novelization}}.
* WagTheDirector: Okay, we don't ''know'' this happened. But we suspect Paul may have done this.