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Rock 'n' Roll High School

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

The Ramones still rock in comedy with some adult material.

Movie PG 1979 93 minutes
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Produced by B-movie master Roger Corman, ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL isn't exactly polished. It alternates between realistic humor and surreal humor (such as the size of Eaglebauer's bathroom stall "office"). It also moves from knowing, winking moments to awkward naïve moments, but somehow -- almost as if it were a lucky guess -- the movie's tone and energy is exactly right, and it ties all these disparate moods together. What it doesn't have in polish or artistry, it makes up for in fun and energy.

And, almost miraculously, the movie's moods seem to precisely fit the music of the Ramones, and frankly, without them, the movie wouldn't be worth discussing today. Over the years they have emerged as a seminal, pioneering band in the history of rock music, and despite the general bad behavior in the movie -- including heavy sexual innuendo and use of drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol -- parents may want to take the good with the bad in order to introduce teens to this great music.

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