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This film had me engrossed shortly after it started. I won't spoil much of the plot, but the protagonist really engaged me and I could relate to him, as a lot of people probably can.
All in all, this is a classic and a must-see! A malcontent youth decides to take to the radio to air his views and soon garners a lot of attention and support. Doesn't sound like much of a premise, but that's because I don't want to give too much away.
Go watch it!
The soundtrack fits perfectly, the language is strong, but necessary, and the acting is solid.
Just a shame that viewers with only a Region 2 player can't enjoy this one.
I first saw Pump Up The Volume on TV when I was in my late teens and loved it. Partly cos of the music, partly cos of the references to Lenny Bruce who I was just discovering at the time but mainly because of two things: Slater's performance as Mark Hunter and the idea of a nerdy kid (such as I was at the time) living a 'double life' and having such an effect on his peers.
Due to the films unavailability I didn't see it again for about twenty years and watching again as a somewhat disillusioned thirty-nine year old was a strange two-sided experience. On the one hand I was rooting for Hard Harry and watched with delight as he exposed the corrupt dealings of his high school, inspired his schoolmates and got the girl. All this behind the back of his pleasant but blase parents!
However, another part of me found Mark and his radio speeches to be the whining rants of some loser with a chip on his shoulder. As I watched his fellow teens rise in protest I couldn't help thinking 'Ah, stop moaning kids...everybody has to grow up and get a job. Its called the real world!' I'm fairly sure if I saw this for the first time today it would be more of an amusing distraction with a cool soundtrack.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Film is fantastic ,but I bought it on the pretence it was a DVD and received a VHS video tape :(Published 7 months ago by mr s a smith
This has always been a favourite film of mine, a shame I haven't seen it on DVD format yet. The quality was good, the delivery time reasonable. good barginPublished on 2 July 2013 by VJ
yes indeed! this is an outstanding film. it's ridiculously fun and stunningly over-acted.
more importantly, watch out for the scene when our hero sparks a minor riot at... Read more