(2014) (Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A 19-year-old drummer must contend with an abrasive and abusive instructor who's determined either to make him the best he can be or destroy him and his future.
- Andrew Neiman (MILES TELLER) is a 19-year-old drummer who dreams of being as good as his idol, Buddy Rich. When he's not watching movies with his dad, Jim (PAUL REISER), at a theater where the girl behind the concession stand, Nicole (MELISSA BENOIST), has caught his eye, he's practicing his art. And that's because he's enrolled at the prestigious Shaffer Conservatory where everyone hopes -- but also sort of fears -- that the notoriously prickly and perfectionist instructor Terence Fletcher (J.K. SIMMONS) might chose them to be in his select class.
He does indeed pick Andrew as an alternate to first seat drummer Tanner (NATE LANG), and it's not long before the first-year student takes over that position. But his ego gets crushed, not only when Fletcher berates and belittles him in class, but also when he brings in another drummer, Ryan Connolly (AUSTIN STOWELL), who could easily take his place. Determined to be the best, Andrew focuses solely on drumming and gets even better. But it's unclear if that will be good enough for Fletcher, especially as the band starts making public performances where the conductor expects nothing but perfection from his students.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Those into drumming or jazz music might be interested, while the award buzz might attract some older teens.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For strong language including some sexual references.
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