Parents' Guide to

Drumline

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Outstanding cast, great message, strong language.

Movie PG-13 2002 118 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 7+

Considering the options for African-American boys - it DOES keep it real

So how many other parents are sick to death of all the animation? And we are looking for movies to watch together over and over, right? So my son knows swearing is wrong, drinking is like doing drugs and he can never touch it, and there is innuendo everywhere. So why not? This is a great story about overcoming one’s biggest obstacle - your own limiting beliefs. Can we have more of these movies please? And with less libido - ?
age 7+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (17 ):

This movie makes marching bands as soul-stirring as raise-the-roof gospel and more irresistibly, foot-stompingly, hip-hoppily thrilling than any video currently playing on MTV. John Philip Sousa and all of the Music Man's 76 Trombones never dreamed that marching bands could be this cool. Farewell to the nerdy reputation for "band camp."

Drumline is about more than music, too. The band numbers themselves would be more than worth the price of admission, but the story and the characters hold their own. The story may be an old one, but the details of this unexplored world make it seem fresh and the very appealing performers make it seem real. Orlando Jones is one of the most talented comic actors in movies today, but in this decidedly un-comic role he manages to make Dr. Lee seem dedicated and principled without being priggish or inflexible. Cannon is outstanding, making us believe in Devon's talent and charm. Cannon makes Devon confident and vulnerable at the same time, and lets us see Devon's growth subtly and naturally.

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