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Comedy | Drama
Frame Rate:
23.976 (23976/1000) fps
Run Time:
111 min
IMDB Rating:
6.4 / 10 
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Directors: Todd Graff [Director] ,

Movie Description:
Will centers on a high school outcast and a popular girl who form an unlikely bond through their shared love of music. Assembling a like-minded crew of misfits, the friends form a rock group and perform in the battle of the bands competition at their school.


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Eleven Years later, and I'm wondering why I didn't know of this gem

I'm actually, really, surprised of the low ratings for this film.It's not a masterpiece, I must say, but it's a sweet, sincere take on the ordinary teenage life, and in such a more realistic way than the average "high school movies" out there.

The songs are great and not trivial at all, they are well played, with great energy and you can see yourself shaking your head to follow the rythm, which is always a good sign in a music flick.

I was really surprised by the performances of the three leads, expecially Hudgens, I loved her character and her spontaneus relationship with Connell, while Lisa Kudrow gave me the chills at some points, with her interactions with Aly Michalka.

So guys, what's not to like of this film? I mean.. not everything needs to be "Shawshank Redemption" material to be enjoyed.

I am someone who extremely relates on votes, but I'm glad I didn't, this time.Enjoy this little gem, eleven years later, in these hard times we are facing.

This show has preat music warmth depth and heart

If you watch this and don't smile cry and celebrate you have no heart. Vanessa and the blond lead are gorgeous Thumbs up 10 times over and then some. This is in my top ten movies of all time and its a sad world when a film like this doesn't receive a lot more praise. Give it a go and let it happen and you'll be presently surprised.

Suffers From A Severe Audience Disconnect

I really didn't expect much out of the viewing experience as I settled in to watch "Bandslam". Pretty much the only reason I rented it was because of the "Vanessa Hudgens" name and the fact that I thought my younger sister and I would enjoy watching it together. Pretty faces and good music...what can go wrong, right? Unfortunately, the film fell short of even those somewhat less than lofty expectations.

For a quick plot summary, the film centers on young high-schooler Will Burton (Gaelen Connell) in the midst of changing schools. Burton, a classic-rock savant of sorts, is quickly befriended/recruited by fellow student and band-leader Charlotte (Alyson Michalka) in order to use his talents to try and win the school's upcoming "Bandslam" competition. Also in the mix is Sam (Hudgens), an unemotional loner who intrigues Will.

The biggest problem with this film (besides featuring some of the dumbest exposition in film history) is that, while it markets itself towards children, the subject matter (classic bands, music terminology) is by and large geared towards nostalgic 80s-teens. In this aspect, it suffers from the same problem as 2003's "The School of Rock", although that movie was able to pull through due to the crazy antics of Jack Black. Not only that, but the relationships are so contrived that even young children (like my sister) won't be suckered into them.

Further bumping this film down a notch is the poor acting, on the whole. Hudgens (while very beautiful) is by no means a star thespian, while Lisa Kudrow (playing "Mom Burton") plays such an annoying character that it is almost physically uncomfortable to watch. Michalka turns in easily the best performance of the entire piece, with Connell doing a decent job as the lead. Other than that, there's nothing to get excited about.

Thus, if you are considering viewing this video due to Hudgens' "High School Musical" reputation, I would recommend the following: Put it down and look elsewhere (as previously mentioned, "School of Rock" would be an excellent same-genre choice). Unless you are easily suckered into the cheesiest of plots/characters, you'll be wondering why you wasted two hours on this.
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