An Italian widower works day and night in a failing restaurant business putting his two boys Enrico and Rosario (Joey and Ricky) through `college in the east'. The boys come home for Christmas break with music on their minds, not wishing to return to school; they would rather be in pursuit of rock and roll. They tell dad who then passes out due to overwork; during his convalescence his boys turn the restaurant into the wildly successful `Peppermint Lounge'. Minor subplots are added in between songs. A big happy ending - they compromise by Ricky's return to school, Joey staying behind to play the twist at the Lounge and of course the boy gets the girl. As corny as this movie gets it's a gentle reminder about when music movies had some ethics and family values 90 minutes viewing time in black and white.