Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)
Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 5
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Critic Reviews: 3
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Rock 'n' Roll High School is a prime example of a 1970s movie phenomenon: a cult film that was deliberately designed to be a cult film. High-schooler Riff Randell's (P.J. Soles) efforts to meet the Ramones are continually thwarted by rock & roll-hating principal Evelyn Togar (Mary Woronov). Ms. Togar is the zealous sort who conducts experiments on laboratory rats to prove the adverse effect of rock music on innocent teenagers. Riff knows that she'll have to be twice as clever and devious as
Aug 4, 1979 Wide
May 2, 1999
New World Pictures
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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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