Bandslam (PG)

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Aug 11 2009

The marketing for this film might make it look like a bad trawl through a ‘Fame’-meets-‘High School Musical’ dirge of unremitting awfulness, yet despite a join the-dots feelgood scenario and an overlong running time, Todd Graff’s ‘Bandslam’ turns out to be an unexpectedly pleasing treat for teenagers. Although ostensibly about preparations for a US college’s hotly contested Battle of the Bands tournament, the film’s real nucleus is the burgeoning will they/won’t they relationships that form between a nerdy teenage musicologist-cum-manager with a fixation on David Bowie (Gaelan Connell), a luscious Linda Ronstadt lookalike (Vanessa Hudgens) and a tall blonde bombshell (Alyson Michalka).

‘Bandslam’ is far from exceptional, but is saved by decent character development, a cluster of engaging performances and several amusing deadpan moments. Better still, a knowingly hip ‘School of Rock’ attitude to what constitutes good musical taste, coupled with a flock of seminal vintage and indie tunes, edge it towards something a little more agreeable than the majority of today’s generic, pop-laden teen romcoms. And besides, any film that ends with Wilco’s ‘What Light’ is fine in my book.

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Rated:

PG

UK release:

Wed Aug 12, 2009

Duration:

111 mins

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Weepie

This amazing captures the interest of teenagers all over the world because of it's stellar casting, believable and imaginative storyline and it's true tribute to music. Throw in some beautiful direction, interesting set and a sparkling script, and you have one heck of a movie! Oh, sorry... I thought you were asking me to review School of Rock! Who is this terrible Vanessa IWannaBeMrsEfron Hudgens? Go away! Your dirtying my TV screen!

Weepie

This amazing captures the interest of teenagers all over the world because of it's stellar casting, believable and imaginative storyline and it's true tribute to music. Throw in some beautiful direction, interesting set and a sparkling script, and you have one heck of a movie! Oh, sorry... I thought you were asking me to review School of Rock! Who is this terrible Vanessa IWannaBeMrsEfron Hudgens? Go away! Your dirtying my TV screen!

hunnybee

omg stop the arging this is supposed 2 be a film review site jeezo i loved the film btw

hunnybee

omg stop the arging this is supposed 2 be a film review site jeezo i loved the film btw

hannah

Twilight4eva - u don't have any right to tell me my opinion is wrong. everyone is entitled to their own opinion and just because I don't agree with you it doesn't make me wrong. I still think that Bandslam is a great movie and I don't even like twilight. You can think what you like about bandslam but you shouldn't be critisising other peoples opinions

hannah

Twilight4eva - u don't have any right to tell me my opinion is wrong. everyone is entitled to their own opinion and just because I don't agree with you it doesn't make me wrong. I still think that Bandslam is a great movie and I don't even like twilight. You can think what you like about bandslam but you shouldn't be critisising other peoples opinions

hannah

I don't care what anybody said but I loved this film. Vanessa was good at acting and I would definetely(?) go and see this film again. I can't wait for it to come out on dvd and I think it should have done a lot better in the film charts than it actually did. i really want to go and see it again before it finishes and I know I am repeatng myself but I don't care 10/10 The best film I have seen this year

hannah

I don't care what anybody said but I loved this film. Vanessa was good at acting and I would definetely(?) go and see this film again. I can't wait for it to come out on dvd and I think it should have done a lot better in the film charts than it actually did. i really want to go and see it again before it finishes and I know I am repeatng myself but I don't care 10/10 The best film I have seen this year

Matt

Vanessa Hudgens has to be one of the cutest girls on the planet. Everything else about this film is mediocre. When you're three quarters of the way through the film and you can't see what the point of it is --- then something's wrong. The storyline (even with the light shed on it by what almost passes for a twist near the end) and in places the dialogue are contrived, even for a teen drama. Frankly this would be reasonably good TV delivered for free to your living room, but it's a bit poor for a trip to the cinema. I'd still say that it's towards the upper end of two stars, but given that all it can possibly be meant as is drama (it's not a comedy, for a start), this film really needed some proper plot and credible characters. Overall, this film isn't terrible - it's mildly entertaining - but it's woefully lacking in direction --- it's just not taking you anywhere in particular. A bunch of hyperangsty teens do their thing, and you're left thinking - so what? But OMG Vanessa Hudgens she is SOOOOOOO cute!