Bandslam (2009)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  14 August 2009 (USA)
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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)
Maggie Maye ...
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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?


David Bowie agreed to take part in the film because he's a fan of director Todd Graff's previous film Camp (2003). See more »


The shot of Sa5m's name in Will's hand is on unlined paper because they were filmed at different times. Will's hands belonged to a stand in who was on set after both Vanessa and Gaelan had returned to their trailers. See more »


Will Burton: I think if you tried signaling, people would honk less.
Charlotte Banksasks: They don't need to know my business.
Will Burton: ...It's not really a privacy issue.
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References Evil Dead II (1987) See more »


What Heart
Written by Noah Lit, Josh Lit, Jesse Ingalls, Sam Raver and Jordan Richardson
Performed by Oliver Future
Courtesy of Fireproof Recording
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excellent family movie
21 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I rate it an 8 only because for a PG movie kids younger than 12 might not get what the movie is about; though they might just think it's about singing. Which is not bad because the movie has excellent music selection, flows with scene transition very well. Teenagers will love this movie for sure; but parents will be pleasantly surprise. The dialogs are well written - witty and not contrive. Each characters and their dynamic are well developed and relatable. You laugh; you cry, but at the end you leave the theater with a smile on your face, forgetting that you have just spent almost 2 hrs in a theater. All actors were on point in playing their characters. Great casting. This is the sleeper movie of the summer.

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