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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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Todd Graff

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aly Michalka ... Charlotte
Vanessa Hudgens ... Sa5m
Gaelan Connell ... Will
Scott Porter ... Ben Wheatly
Ryan Donowho 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
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Will See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,231,273, 16 August 2009

Gross USA:

$5,210,988

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,225,023
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Runtime:

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Dolby | SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color (FotoKem)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the opening shots when he's making his "It's Monday Morning" entry to David Bowie, there's a closeup of his hands on the keyboard and his watch reads, 1:30. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Charlotte Banksasks: Hi, I'm Charlotte. Nice to meet you.
Sa5m: I've known you since 5th grade.
Charlotte Banksasks: ...Hmm.
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Connections

References Evil Dead II (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Leave It to the Wind
Written by Todd Graff
Performed by Scott Porter and Glory Dogs
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User Reviews

 
Very Enjoyable
25 August 2009 | by ritavilSee all my reviews

It's a shame this movie didn't have the hype it so rightfully deserves. It's a great teen movie with a real storyline not an unrealistic, sugar coded, made up tale. It depicts real situations. Teens do go thru all these heartaches, disappointments and hardships. It's worth to go see it. It has absolutely nothing inappropriate. It's clean and again, great. Vanesssa Hudgens and Aly Michalka are great in it. Gaelan Connell in a very natural and sincere actor. These are all very talented actors and shouldn't be type-casted. You see genuine acting with a lot of heart. The musicians were incredibly good. Better than a lot of famous bands out there. Very entertaining and funny at times. It deserved much more than it got, not to mention that theaters only gave this movie, (at least here in Georgia), two viewings on weekends maximum and where I actually live only one at 9:35 PM in it's first week. They give awful movies more than that, but a clean movie like this one, nothing. I truly recommend this movie to every parent and teen, especially if they like music and I guarantee you, you'll be very surprised. This isn't just another teen movie, it's pure gold.


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