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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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?


Originally the film was titled "Will", then the title was changed to "Rock On", and finally to "Bandslam". 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 »


Sa5m: Emotion is... overrated.
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References Love Story (1970) See more »


Written and Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of RZO Music
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User Reviews

It was GOOD. Really good.
30 April 2010 | by vee-veeSee all my reviews

I am surprised of how much I enjoyed this movie.

It was clever. You know how teen movies – especially ones involving kids competing against each other in school related events – tend to be highly predictable? Well, this movie had real unpredictable moments… I mean real ones. Like when Will is upstage and everyone is chanting his name (this is not a spoiler, don't worry)… I didn't know what was going to happen until it happened. I know this might sound kind of lame, it's only a detail but the fact that they managed to surprise me with it was really something.

And, the mirror scene. How many people wish they had thought of this for show and tell? And the kissing scene! HAHAHAHAHAHA. With the hat and the hair…. God that was funny. I'm still laughing just thinking about it! The only reason I'm giving it a 9 is because one small detail bothered me. How in the world did they come up with the song at the end? It was a little far-fetched which kind of clashed with the rest of the movie because the rest made sense… if you've seen the movie, you'll know what I mean.

And I cried! Twice! One time because I was touched and the other time because I was sad...

So, this is a FAMILY movie that is CLEVER, FUNNY, SAD, TOUCHING. I highly recommend this if you're hanging out with your younger sibling or if you are babysitting a 12 year old (not younger than 12 though because they might not get all the jokes...) They will LOVE it and so will you!

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