Vince Lombardi High School keeps losing principals to nervous breakdowns because of the students' love of rock 'n' roll and their disregard of education. The putative leader of the students is Riff Randell who loves the music of the Ramones. A new principal the rock music hating Miss Evelyn Togar is brought in and promises to put an end to the music craze. When Miss Togar and a group of parents attempt to burn a pile of rock records the students take over the high school joined by the Ramones who are made honourary students. When the police are summoned and demand... that the students evacuate the building they do so which leads to an explosive finale. [show more]
Okay, this movie was filmed before I was born, and it STILL brought on a crush for PJ Soles like you wouldn't believe! She still even looks good, I saw her in some Halloween reunion thing! Anyway, this is every kids fantasy, the Ramones take over your school and blow it up. It doesn't get more awesome than that. The film is punctuated by some cool "performances", actually a bunch of lip synching, but still very amusing, for example Joey Ramone seranading Riff Randell in her bedroom with "I Want You Around," the best part is when she goes to take a shower and who is waiting, drenched and bass in hand, but Dee Dee! Amazing. Then there is the band playing "I Just Wanna Have Something To Do" riding up to the theater, with the boys strumming their guitar and bass and Marky looking like a complete doof playing his leg with drum sticks. The other that is great is at the end when the band takes over the school and play while moving down the hallway with Marky being pulled on some kind of cart. The real gem, though, is the performance footage from the Roxy of the real concert. You don't feel power like that at a show anymore. Anyway, there is some of the wortst acting ever in this movie, including poor Dee Dee and Joey back stage mumbling with pizza and wheat germ stuffed in their mouths respectively. Rock N Roll High School could have been a disaster, the orignal title was Disco High, then someone found the Ramones. The film is an atypical parody set in a typical high school. Every frame of film is played for laughs, and every character nails their performance, from Clint Howard in an early role as the High School Svengali, to PJ Soles as the teeny bopper who NEVER is without her headphones and her Ramones music. The film remains one of my very favorites to this day and a great PG rock n roll comedy for the whole family!
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