Bandslam

  • PG
  • Todd Graff (2009)
  • US
  • 106 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama starring Gaelan Alexander Connell and Vanessa Hudgens. New kid in town, Will, forms some unlikely friendships brought about by a shared love of music. However, clashing personalities and revelations from Will's past threaten to derail their attempts to win a Battle of the Bands competition.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Todd Graff

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Some swearing.
Available on DVD
Released 7 Aug 2009
Certificate PG
Categories
Music