Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)
Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 5
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Vince Lombardi High School continues to lose its school principles. The students are more concerned with rock 'n' roll than their education until the new principle, Miss Evelyn Togar is hired. She promises to set Vince Lombardi High School straight, and get the students focus back on education. However, a Ramones concert is coming to town, and Riff Randall, the biggest Ramones fan at the high school, plans on getting tickets to the concert in order to give them a song that she wrote entitled
Aug 4, 1979 Wide
May 2, 1999
New World Pictures
Vincent Van Patten
Screamin' Steve Stev...
Dee Dee Ramone
Police Chief Klein
School Board Preside...
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It's more cleverly cut than shot -- which means that it moves quickly and energetically even as the concepts and characters disintegrate.
For all its throwaway humour, this is basically just a pleasant reworking of the kids versus adults rock'n'roll movie format of the '50s.
The pity is that with a bit more care and flair, it could have been a really sweet little movie.
... a pure, cheerfully juvenile blast of blitzkrieg guitar rock, Looney Tunes sight gags, teenage hormones and rebellion against authority because it's there.
Nothing is taken seriously and nothing should be -- it's only rock 'n' roll.
We may never again see a teen comedy in which a school can explode and the movie can still be considered essentially good-hearted.
It's not like Rock 'N' Roll High School was pioneering brilliant cinema, but it is a brilliant little piece of work within its own framework.
Audience Reviews for Rock 'n' Roll High School
- Riff Randell: Tom Roberts is so boring, his brother is an only child.
- Evelyn Togar: Do your parents 'know' your The Ramones?
- Riff Randell: I'm a teenage lobotomy.
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