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Bandslam (2009)

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A new kid in town assembles a fledgling rock band -- together, they achieve their dreams and compete against the best in the biggest event of the year, a battle of the bands.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Irene (Cello)
Lisa Chung ...
Kim Lee (Keyboards)
J.W. Wright ...
Dylan Dyer (Glory Dogs Guitar) (as J.W. Wright II)
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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 anonymous

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Get Ready To Rock! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

14 August 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rock On  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£628,957 (UK) (14 August 2009)


$5,205,343 (USA) (18 September 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


With his death in January 11, 2016, it marks this movie as David Bowie's last film. See more »


When Will first meets Sa5m in the high school cafeteria, Sa5m writes her name on a notebook of lined paper. A close up shows plain paper. The next frame is again showing lined paper. See more »


Sa5m: 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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(You Gotta Walk) Don't Look Back
Written by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White
Performed by Peter Tosh and Mick Jagger
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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The world needs more movies like Bandslam!
13 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

Maybe to a lot of people I'm overrating Bandslam, but I truly loved every moment of this movie, and I'll tell you why. The message in it is absolutely wonderful. It's about making friends, maintaining friendships, a single mother worrying about his son growing up, and going after the success you want. I liked how all of them were different types of people so to speak. My favorite had to be the chemistry between Gaelan Connell and Vanessa Hudgens. Sa5m was unique and very complex and I thought it was cool how they just worked so well together. It's throughly predictable, I won't lie but I sure had a way better time then I did watching overrated Oscar type crap like Up In The Air. Bandslam's main ingredient to success is the strength of its characters by far. They are all likable, they all have their little problems, but we can identify with them all, even Lisa Kudrow as the mother was likable!.

Performances.Gaelan Connell is an unknown for me, but I really liked what I saw. He made Will into a likable geek, and I look forward to seeing more of him. Alyson Michalka is really good-looking, but also a fine young actress. She has her selfish traits, but we can see what's behind it. Vanessa Hudgens is gorgeous, and I adored her character. I'm not like those annoying teeny Boppers who go crazy over her, but she did very well her. Her character was very complex and hard to relate too, but somehow she managed to make us care for her. Lisa Kudrow's charisma and trademark Goofyness works well here, but I also enjoyed her serious moments with Will.

Bottom line. Bandslam is now a favorite of mine, and one of the best movies that came out in 2009. It reminds me of why I love movies so much in the 1st place. Ignore the rather low 6.4 rating, and give it a whirl!.


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