August 14th, 2009



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A new kid in town assembles a fledgling rock band -- together, they achieve their dreams and compete against the best in the biggest event of the year, a battle of the bands.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.4/10 (5,863 voted)

Critic's Score: 66/100

Director: Todd Graff

Stars: Aly Michalka, Vanessa Hudgens, Gaelan Connell

Will centers on a high school outcast and a popular girl who form an unlikely bond through their shared love of music. Assembling a like-minded crew of misfits, the friends form a rock group and perform in the battle of the bands competition at their school.

Writers: Josh A. Cagan, Todd Graff

Aly Michalka - Charlotte Barnes
Vanessa Hudgens - Sa5m
Gaelan Connell - Will Burton
Scott Porter - Ben Wheatly
Ryan Donowho - Basher Martin
Charlie Saxton - Bug
Lisa Kudrow - Karen Burton
Tim Jo - Omar
Elvy Yost - Irene Lerman (Cello)
Lisa Chung - Kim Lee (Keyboards)
J.W. Wright - Dylan Dyer (Glory Dogs Guitar) (as J.W. Wright II)
Blair Bomar - Megan
Casey Williams - Ms. Wittenberg
Maggie Maye - Kyra 17-1
Jennifer Blair - Kyra's Friend

Taglines: Band Together


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 14 August 2009

Filming Locations: Austin Studios - 1901 E. 51st Street, Austin, Texas, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $2,250,000 (USA) (16 August 2009) (2 Screens)

Gross: $5,205,343 (USA) (20 September 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Shipped to theaters under the code name "Tiger Station".

Continuity: When Charlotte hands Will her notebook in Wills bedroom, and we first see 'Phil's Song', the words 'Phil's Song' are written in red writing. But when Charlotte plays 'Phil's Song' on the piano and we see the notebook again, and we clearly see that the writing of 'Phil's Song' is now in newspaper cuttings, not red writing like it was previously in Wills bedroom.

Will Burton: I think if you tried signaling, people would honk less.
Charlotte Banksasks: They don't need to know my business.
Will Burton: ...It's not really a privacy issue.

User Review

excellent family movie

Rating: 9/10

I rate it an 8 only because for a PG movie kids younger than 12 might not get what the movie is about; though they might just think it's about singing. Which is not bad because the movie has excellent music selection, flows with scene transition very well. Teenagers will love this movie for sure; but parents will be pleasantly surprise. The dialogs are well written - witty and not contrive. Each characters and their dynamic are well developed and relatable. You laugh; you cry, but at the end you leave the theater with a smile on your face, forgetting that you have just spent almost 2 hrs in a theater. All actors were on point in playing their characters. Great casting. This is the sleeper movie of the summer.


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