Van Redin
Lisa Schwarzbaum
August 20, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Bandslam

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Wide Release Date
08/14/09
performer
Gaelan Connell, Vanessa Hudgens, Alyson Michalka, Lisa Kudrow
director
Todd Graff
author
Josh A. Cagan, Todd Graff
genre
Comedy, Drama

We gave it a B

It’s a familiar song: Misfit teens in the process ? of forming a high school band learn life lessons and raise their goblets of rock. But there’s enough of a strong filmmaking backbeat in Bandslam to carry the movie’s light tune. Vanessa Hudgens expands her repertory by playing a sarcastic loner rather than the brainy popular girl she’s made famous in High School Musical. As a rebellious former cheerleader, ?Aly Michalka perfects the power of hair tossing. And as the movie’s sweet, geeky hero, newcomer Gaelan Connell excels? in wry conversations with the always-welcome? Lisa Kudrow, who plays his loving mother. B

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