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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.


Todd Graff


Josh A. Cagan (screenplay), Todd Graff (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Aly Michalka ... Charlotte
Vanessa Hudgens ... Sa5m
Gaelan Connell ... Will
Scott Porter ... Ben Wheatly
Ryan Donowho ... Basher
Charlie Saxton ... Bug
Lisa Kudrow ... Karen
Tim Jo ... Omar
Elvy Yost ... Irene (Cello)
Lisa Chung Lisa Chung ... Kim Lee (Keyboards)
J.W. Wright J.W. Wright ... Dylan Dyer (Glory Dogs Guitar) (as J.W. Wright II)
Blair Bomar ... Megan
Casey Williams ... Ms. Wittenberg
Maggie Maye ... Kyra 17-1
Jennifer Blair ... Kyra's Friend


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) See more »

Also Known As:

Will See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,231,273, 16 August 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,205,343, 20 September 2009
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS


Color (FotoKem)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


'Jason Mozersky' and Jordan Richardson were the two instrumentalists that helped with the recording of the bands' music in the film. They are now the lead guitarist and drummer (respectively) in Relentless7, Ben Harper's band. See more »


As Lisa Kudrow leaves the bathroom after 'talking' with Will, then leaving you can see her move of the way. Presumably to get out of the way of the camera. See more »


Will Burton: I think you're trying too hard to be like Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Bug: That's crazy; I don't even like Flea.
Will Burton: Yeah, what's your name?
Bug: ...Bug.
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Written and Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of RZO Music
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The world needs more movies like Bandslam!
13 June 2010 | by callanvassSee 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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