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Drumline (2002)

  Directed by: Charles Stone III
Written by: Tina Gordon Chism, Shawn Schepps
Starring: Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones, Zoe Saldana
Links: Drumline on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 3.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Drumline (2002) is also mentioned in pearly's review of The Chorus (2004).

"Uninspiring" - a review by pearly

Drumline is a high school / college story about rah rah rah school spirit with a delightful musical theme, in the spirit of Save the Last Dance (2001) or Bring It On (2000). In this case, it's about drummers (and others, but mainly the drummers) in a big band, competing against other colleges for the glory of it all (and some big trophy).

Devon (Nick Cannon) is the good looking rebel drummer who plays by his own rules. He's great with a drum, but he's got a bad attitude. But the question is: can he turn around the whole college to his way of thinking before the end of the film? I'll bet you can guess what the answer to that question is.

Drumline is fairly connect-the-dots filmmaking. There's the obligatory romance, which is not fleshed out nearly well enough, and therefore doesn't ring true to me (if I were a real reviewer, I'd definitely have used the word "chemistry" here, but it wouldn't have been surrounded by synonyms of the word "wonderful"). There's a bit of comedy thrown in, but not really anything to speak of. There's some hip words that the kiddies use, and there's a moral and all that type of stuff.

What there isn't, however, is anything particularly interesting. Drumline would have to be the most boring film about music that I can think of. Something like One Perfect Day (2004), whilst not a very good film, had unique concepts which made you feel something about the music. With Bring It On, there was such a strong affinity built up with the "heroic" team that you were meant to love that you couldn't help but think that their team was the best when it came to cheers. With Drumline, however, the drumming, meant to be inspiring, didn't get me excited at all, and I saw no reason why the good guys should necessarily win at the end (if indeed they did - I don't want to spoil it, now do I?).

It's true that Drumline isn't aimed at my demographic. However, I have enjoyed films along these lines before, so there was a 50/50 chance I'd get something out of this one. It was not to be, though: Drumline is very mediocre.

pearly gives this movie 3 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 27 Sep 2004

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  1. I'm a corps drummer so i watched this for the drumming- it was mis-representitive and of my art and didnt have enough pretty ladies in :(

    Rating given: 1

    A comment from dude on Fri 29 Oct 2004 23:44 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 1.00 (1 rating)

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