Bandslam

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Bandslam

Todd Graff (2009)

106min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The plot of Bandslam is a familiar one: a teen-targeted competition for a recording contract attracts a bevy of talented young competitors, rivalries emerge and friendships are made and broken (still leaving plenty of room for music and fledgling romance). What surprises is the believable dialogue and the freshness of the performers, such as Vanessa Hudgens (from the High School Musical franchise). Friends star Lisa Kudrow is credible as the mother of Will (Gaelan Connell), the new kid in town who teams up with popular girls Charlotte and Sa5m (Sam - the five "is silent") to start a band. Though the singing isn't always great (there are a few duff notes), the occasional rough edge is preferable to computer-enhanced perfection. Director Todd Graff, a former actor, has taken a rather tired formula and made something fresh, silly and sparky - with room for a sequel.

Summary

A daydreaming teenager starts at a new school, where he finds himself a social outcast. However, his love of music brings him to the attention of a girl putting together a rock group. They recruit a number of fellow misfits and plan to enter the school's battle of the bands competition. Musical, with Aly Michalka, Vanessa Hudgens, Gaelan Connell and Lisa Kudrow.

Cast & Crew

Sa5m Vanessa Anne Hudgens
Karen Burton Lisa Kudrow
Charlotte Alyson Michalka
David Bowie David Bowie
Will Burton Gaelan Alexander Connell
Ben Wheatley Scott Porter
Bug Charlie Saxton
Basher Martin Ryan Donowho
Omar Tim Jo
Kim Lisa Chung
Director Todd Graff
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Some swearing. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 7 Aug 2009

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