Bandslam is a movie I desperately wanted to see but to be honest I didn't have much expectations for it. I expected it to be a cliché-driven movie, however I was wrong.
The story is simple and easy to follow, Will is a social misfit with a passion for music who is being bullied in school. A move to a new school and a new town opens up a world of opportunities for him as he takes on the management of a band preparing to enter the prestigous Bandslam Competition, falls in love and even befriends the popular kids.
So what makes this movie special? Firstly the fact that the script is genuinely funny and clever, (to entertain both children, teenagers and adults) the dialogue is realistic, the characters are real and best of all, the usual American clichés of the "geeky" kid and the popular cheerleader are not exploited, making this a somewhat refreshing portrayal of American teenagers. The music is also very catchy and the soundtrack will probably be a big hit.
The acting from the young stars is very good. It was great to see Vanessa Hudgens in a movie outside High School Musical, while former Friends star Lisa Kudrow in many ways seems almost overshadowed by the younger stars.
To conclude I would recommend people of all ages go see this movie. It's fun, cheerful, a perfect movie to end the summer and get kids in the mood for the return to school.