Bandwagon (1997)

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A group of hard-working, young North Carolinians amuse themselves in the evenings by forming a band. This ensemble comedy chronicles their experiences. Tony Ridge is the singer/songwriter. Though talented, he is so introverted that he can only play his music in a closet. After he loses his day job, his out-going friend Charlie Flagg suggests he try to become a professional musician. Tony decides to give it a go, but first they need a band. They choose stoner guitarist Wynn Knapp, who despite his perpetual drug-inspired haze is really good, and then the volatile Eric Ellwood as their bassist. Ellwood is extremely eager to get the money rolling in as he is deeply in debt to a big, mean loan shark. Unfortunately, the shark has Ellwood's bass. The four then stage a break-in and get it back. After practice, their band Circus Monkey is finally ready to perform. At least they think so and go to play at a frat party. Unfortunately they bomb because their music isn't hard enough for the rowdy, drunken kids. Undaunted, they continue on and eventually score themselves a manager with Linus Tate, a sage but quiet man. Together they set out across the South in hope of launching their careers, playing at any club that will have them.
Rating:
R (adult situations)
Genre:
Comedy
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Cast

Lee Holmes
as Tony
Douglas McCallie
as Chester Mealy
Doug McCallie
as Chester
Rob Munk
as Spittle Member
Ed Slanker
as Spittle Member
Joe Ventura
as Spittle Member
Jac Cain
as Bouncer
Jenny Fields
as College Girl
Eddie Oaks
as Bull
Andrew Coffing
as Frat Boy at Brewery
Slayde Barnes
as Frat Boy at Brewery
John Bailey
as Frat Boy at Brewery
Jeff Holler
as Frat Boy at Brewery
K.D. Kennedy
as Himself
Edward Marshall
as Frat Boy at House Party
Matthew Huggler
as Frat Boy at House Party
Robert Healy
as Frat Boy at House Party
Diane Eidman
as Chandler
Knox White
as Old Rocker
Rafael Clements
as Vitamin DJ
William McClain
as Deputy Sheriff
Jeffrey Pillars
as Trumbolt
Tina Meinhart
as Waitress
John Wayne Shafer
as Game Warden
Helen Crisp
as Magistrate
Mark Filliaci
as Photographer
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Critic Reviews for Bandwagon

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

The band's perfectly mediocre pop (written and laid down by real musicians) accompanies a story that's both dramatic and hilarious.

Full Review… | March 18, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

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December 31, 1999
New York Times
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August 11, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

A funny and rollickingly good movie about the challenges of keeping a band together on the road.

Full Review… | May 15, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

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Full Review… | April 24, 2004
E! Online

Audience Reviews for Bandwagon

½

"It Couldn't Be Ann" is one of the most underrated songs of the 90's. From the lead singer who always performs with his back to audience, to the manager who reads 90% of the film dispensing helpful kernals of wisdom when in need, to the bus breakdown...(read more) s and band relationship break-ups, theres everything you would imagine in a "band movie", and it's good. It's funny, and light, and the musics good, the band won't make it, probably wont ever tour again, and that's what makes it special.

Joseph Sylvers
Joseph Sylvers
½

"It Couldn't Be Ann" is one of the most underrated songs of the 90's. From the lead singer who always performs with his back to audience, to the manager who reads 90% of the film dispensing helpful kernals of wisdom when in need, to the bus breakdowns and band relationship break-ups, theres everything you would imagine in a "band movie", and it's good. It's funny, and light, and the musics good, the band won't make it, probably wont ever tour again, and that's what makes it special.

Joseph Sylvers
Joseph Sylvers
½

The band's perfectly mediocre pop (written and laid down by real musicians) accompanies a story that's both dramatic and hilarious.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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