Parents' Guide to

Bandslam

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Music-driven teen flick is feel-good fun for parents, too.

Movie PG 2009 111 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 10+

Good family movie

Good family movie. We watched with a 7 year old in the room, no problems, just didn't keep his interest. The 10 year old loved it!! The music, plot and characters were all enjoyable, and can even keep the parents watching!
age 10+

Don't Bother its a waste of time.

A waste of time. I found the male protaginist, a nerdy souless looser. Vannessa Hudges was really really annoying both her acting and her singing. All of them were BAD at acting. But the blonde girl was the only one that made it watchable.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (41 ):

Director Todd Graff's last film, Camp, was a delicious look at musical theater-buff teens, so it's not surprising that Bandslam (which is a good deal tamer than Camp) is such a charming little movie. Connell is perfectly cast as an adorable music geek -- and the fact he's not Zac Efron is part of the charm (Hudgens, after all, isn't playing Gabriela here). The movie makes you believe that young women as beautiful as Hudgens and Michalka would find Will attractive.

For parents who dig rock -- from classic to punk to indie -- Bandslam offers an amazing soundtrack, although not all the songs in the movie made it onto the official playlist. There's a recurring David Bowie joke that frames the story (Will writes him confessional emails), and in every scene at least half a dozen bands are discussed or played -- too many to count. The music (and Will's love for it) is what fuels the film, and whether it's Bowie or CBGB punk or the high school band Will pretentiously names I Can't Go On, I Go On, it all rocks.

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