In order to learn how to be responsible, two wealthy teen sisters are forced to work in the family business by their exasperated father. When company funds goes missing, it's up to the girls to save the day.
As seniors in high school, Troy and Gabriella struggle with the idea of being separated from one another as college approaches. Along with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical to address their experiences, hopes and fears about their future.
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. Written by
The band name "I can't go on, I'll go on" comes from the last line of the 1953 Samuel Beckett novel 'The Unnamable'. See more »
When Charlotte hands Will her notebook in Wills bedroom, and we first see 'Phil's Song', the words 'Phil's Song' are written in red writing. But when Charlotte plays 'Phil's Song' on the piano and we see the notebook again, and we clearly see that the writing of 'Phil's Song' is now in newspaper cuttings, not red writing like it was previously in Wills bedroom. See more »
Well, if you were just part of Charlotte's experiment this whole time, then, what is reality? What if Charlotte and her experiment are really a part of someone else's larger experiment? I mean, what if we're being manipulated by some greater intelligence than our own? And if so, is there really such a thing as free will? Am I moving my hand or was it predetermined by a force I'm not even aware of? Charlotte times a trillion.f you were just part of Charlotte's experiment this whole time, then, ...
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Will Burton, has just moved to a new school. On his first day, he meets Sa5m (the 5 is silent), finding out about an event called Bandslam, a competition for local bands to win a record deal. Charlotte is forming a band, and decides to make Will the band manager...
On paper, Bandslam shouldn't work as well as it does. The story is predictable, it's very clichéd, and in places corny. The plot also has a number of plot holes in it. But despite all this, it is very enjoyable, and very well done.
One of the key reasons for this is the script. Co-written by the director, Todd Graff and Josh A. Gagan, the script takes time to flesh out it's main characters, although in parts the character Sa5m does feel under-written, but this could be due to scenes being edited out. There are twists to each character, which helps explain their actions, especially towards the end. Graff as director handles the material well, right up to the musical finale.
The cast are pretty good too. Vanessa Hudgens is the one getting most attention due to the High School Musical movies, does okay as Sa5m, an outsider. Aly Michalka, as Charlotte is better, but as I said, I think this is due more to her part being written better. However the real stand-out performance is from Gaelan Connell as Will. Lisa Kudrow gives good support as his mother, and in fact there isn't a bad performance in the movie.
The songs themselves aren't that bad, if not entirely memorable, which in a movie about a music contest is important.
At a time when the bigger summer block-buster movies are sacrificing character for visuals, it's good to see a movie that while not setting it's sights very high, gives it's movie proper, rounded characters. It deserves huge credit for that. In fact the best complement I can give this movie, is that it has a John Hughes vibe to it.
And that isn't a bad thing at all. Go enjoy.
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