|Reviewed on 2009-08-14|
|Received|| out of 4 stars|
|Genre||Comedy / Drama / Music|
High School is bad enough, but switching schools is even harder. Will Burton (Gaelan Connell) discovers this as he relives every teen’s worse nightmare? The first day of classes and the awkwardness that follows from the unknown. He is shunned by most classmates, until he is befriended by Charlotte Banks (Aly Michalka). Instantly becoming Will’s friend, including him in all of her adventures, from caring for young children in an afterschool daycare program to having him manage her new band. Will seems to be popular with the girls as he also catches the attention of classmate Sa5m (Vanessa Hudgens), the 5 is silent, who is a loner and finds Will intriguing and different.
Sa5m warns Will about Charlotte, a former head cheerleader and member of the school’s wildly popular band, Glory Dogs. Will does not heed Sa5m’s warning and continues his friendship with the energetic beauty. Will’s management of the new band is kicked into high gear as he pumps everyone up to take on Glory Dogs at the annual BANDSLAM event. Will titles the new band “I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On”, something unique to catch the judge’s attention. Will not only creates a band, he brings together a diverse group of people that become a musical enigma. As BANDSLAM arrives there are a few snags, Will has jeopardized his friendship with Sa5m and possibly lost his lead singer due to an unforeseen event. “I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On” proves how triumphant they are and do just that, go on.
“Bandslam” is a terrific family film that showcases the importance of constructive teenage friendship. Vanessa Hudgens proved to be an extraordinary actress and singer. Not to bask in her shadow, Aly Michalka steps out and proves she can entertain, although her singing was a little too perfect. Gaelan Connell jumps on screen in a lead role that he does with such ease. “Bandslam” offers fun for the whole family to enjoy. Not to mention the young ones will love the music and the stars of the show. It will keep them glued to their seats, while entertaining the adults with some decent dialogue.