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Raise Your Voice (2004)

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A girl from a small town heads to the big city of Los Angeles to spend the summer at a performing arts high school.



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This film is about a teenage girl who is very upset about her brother's death in a car crash. Terri has a love of singing and making up her own songs. Her brother (before his death) secretly submits a DVD of her singing to a musical summer camp down in L.A. Her father doesn't want her to go, but secretly her mom lets her go and everything goes fine, except she has stage fright. She gets through her stage fright with the help of her new friend Jay. At the end of the contest everyone at the musical school have to perform something. And if they win, they win a scholarship along with it. Her dad finds out, comes down to L.A. and threatens to take her home! Will he let her stay? and will she win the contest? Viewers are on the edges of their seats to find out what happens... Written by Emily Moore

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 October 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Christian Music Project  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,022,693 (USA) (8 October 2004)


$10,411,980 (USA) (19 November 2004)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally pitched as a "Christian Music Project" with Jaci Velasquez and Rachael Lampa suggested for the lead, and Kirk Franklin for the music teacher. See more »


When Terri is talking to her aunt after the graduation party, the wire from her microphone is seen hanging out of her tracksuit jacket when she sits down on the picninc table. See more »


[first lines]
Mr. Holcomb: Have a very pleasant Summer everyone. Miss Fletcher, rehearsal tomorrow at four.
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The 4 Seasons (Winter) I. Allegro Non Molto
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
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A little formulaic, but still provides 'that peaceful loving feelin'
8 June 2005 | by (Everman, TX, United States) – See all my reviews

Hilary Duff stars as Terri Fletcher, a 16-year-old anxious to explore her musical talent at a performing arts academy in L.A. for the summer. After a little persuasion, she makes it there, and the movie is more or less about her exploits therein.

The film starts well; the Three Days Grace concert helps set the musical tone for the movie. That was an unexpected surprise, although I suppose I'm partially biased since I like the band.

A beautiful performance by Hilary Duff. I am more and more impressed with her with every movie I see her in. She brought me to tears twice in the first twenty minutes of the movie. I was impressed by the colorful array of teens at the school, even if they were chosen primarily to make it believable that they're in L.A. I appreciated that none of the teens were written to fulfill any particular stereotype and all seemed like real people, for stereotypes are a sore spot for me, as my teen years were not all that long ago.

I loved the scenes with Denise playing the violin; again, very refreshing and stylistic. John Corbett turns in a innovative performance as a progressive music teacher, breathing a little more life into the film.

The direction really helps to further the movie along, as it is pretty anti-climatic. The 'unwanted kiss' was a bit predictable, however an element of predictability is generally assumed in movies of this persuasion. The make-out scene was completely unnecessary and should've been cut.

And it should be noted that the film is more or less like a Crossroads (2000) for a slightly younger generation, but despite that, it still maintains its own life.

I absolutely love the last song in the film—that was the perfect song for the theme of the movie. And I don't care what anyone says, Hilary Duff is a true performer, even if she isn't that great of a singer. She just always has this glow about her, and no matter how I feel, seeing her perform always makes me smile, and that's something to be commended.

VERDICT: Very enjoyable musical film despite its predictability. Recommended to anyone with kids, who's young at heart, who likes Hilary Duff, or just needs a good smile, but be forewarned—you might get a little teary-eyed before that smile reaches your lips.

6.5 out of 10.0

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