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Bandslam Just Okay


Bandslam came out on DVD last week and we rented it from Netflix. The kids finally got around to watching it last night. Well I should say my 13 year old watched it because my 9 year old lost interest quickly and went to play in her room. The movie just wasn't interesting to her even though it stars Vanessa Hudgens. My daughter still loves all the High School Musicals, but this movie not so much.

The movie is about a boy named Will who I guess is considered a nerd in his old school and to make matters worse his father got into a drunk driving accident when he was younger and killed another kid so he is ruthlessly bullied about this. Like it's the kids fault. Moving along they move and he is befriended by the ex-head cheerleader played by Aly from Aly & AJ and Sa5m who is played by Vanessa Hudgens. She kind of keeps to herself. There is this contest called bandslam in which bands compete for a recording contract. Will becomes the manager of the band and he feels like he fits in until it comes out what happened back home. Anyway it is a good story about friendship and fitting in, but the story drags and can be sad and depressing. One of the girls father also dies. My 13 year old said it was okay she probably wouldn't watch it again. That's not a good sign for a movie. My daughter loves to rewatch movies. Bottom line I rented it and I'm gad I didn't buy it.

The best part of the movie was the music. Vanessa has a beautiful voice. I enjoyed the end when the bands competed though I found myself not that interested in the rest of the movie. I don't feel this movie is for the High School Musical crowd. It is definitely for older tweens and teens so keep that in mind if your child wants to watch. Basically I'm just not impressed with this movie.

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