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Relive the summer of 1976 in this heartwarming British musical from the producer of “Billy Elliott” featuring songs by David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Nick Drake, ELO, and The Byrds. Minnie Driver plays Viv, a fiery high school drama teacher determined to fire up her hormonal, apathetic students by putting on the best end-of-year show the school has seen: a glam-infused rock musical based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. But as the Welsh summer begins to heat up, can she overcome the teenage distractions of sex and drugs with great rock n’ roll? Find out in this fantastic, rousing high school musical drama that will have you tapping your toes with glee.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 43
- Fresh: 24
- Rotten: 19
- Average Rating: 5.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: At various moments this endearing but sudsy movie, which spills all over the place, evokes "High School Musical," "Glee" and "Billy Elliot."
Rotten: Like a retro version of High School Musical with less charm.
Rotten: Golden-hued, feel-good treacle, the sort that the U.K. has tried to export ever since Billy Elliot.
Fresh: Heartfelt interpretations of Seventies rock are only part of the appeal of nostalgia-drenched high school drama.
I felt like i was transported. The time the place, the emotions associated with being a teenager...it all rang so true. I also thought several times that the movie was going in one direction, but then it never went there, and I was glad. I think the possibilities were there, but 'boundaries' were maintained. All in all, beautiful. Lovely to listen to and lovely to watch, as well!
Loved this movie!
My first review. I adored this moving and the acting from the leads was super good
Fun and fresh
It takes about 5 to 10 min to get used to the Welsh accent, but after that, this film is a really fun and fresh indie. Minnie steals the show. She looks great and who knew she could sing like that ?! Highly recommend.
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2013
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