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"Pump up the Volume" was an underground hit and must-see VHS rental for about 10 years for anyone who was listening to grunge, a teenager, trapped inside a suburban nightmare or just feeling isolated. The idea of the system being inaccessible, out-of-touch and overt and too much in-your-business still resonates just as strong today as it did then.
Strangely, "Pump up the Volume" is one of the best and seminal `John Hughes' style Teen Eighties movies from that era and being released in 1990, might just make it the last. The previous year produced the much darker book-end to that style with Dream a Little Dream, but "Pump up the Volume" trumps it well and seemingly closes the door on High School forever, or at least until the release of Brick in 2005 or Accepted in 2006.
Overall, a good movie, worth seeing again even though some of the soundtrack is severely dated. The Pixies "Wave of Mutilation" holds strong though and delivers a nice montage sequence mid-way through the film, making a nice comment of suburban blight.
With a soundtrack that prominently features artists like Leonard Cohen, The Beastie Boys, Was (Not Was) and Ice T among others, the music certainly is eclectic.
The story is held together with a tour-de-force performance from Christian Slater as the jaded jock, turned reform crusader, exposing the shortcomings of his school behind his anonymous veneer of Hard Harry.
It's a bit talky and a bit too clever at times, but it's earnest in its feelings about free speech and concerns about corruption in leadership, a message that seems even more timely today than it did when the film first appeared in theaters.
If you like this movie, you should also check out an earlier film by Director/Writer Allan Moyle: "Times Square."
They're both worth a look.
The star of this fictional movie is Christian Slater, who plays the role of Mark, a painfully shy teenager. To release his anxieties, Mark goes on-air on a short-wave radio as Hard Harry, a perverted, obnoxious, but surprisingly philosophical radio personality. Mark's way to unwind ends up turning the town upside down, effecting both his peers and the administration at his high school.
This movie does not stop at the issue of censorship; it tackles three social issues in all, including the struggle of being a teenager submerged in American culture and how power can corrupt adults whose very job is to protect the young.
Although this movie is fictional, the superb acting of its young thespians make it seem more realistic than either Flint's or Stern's accounts. Indeed, Pump Up The Volume will not only entertain the viewer, but also leave the viewer thinking.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
harry hard on speaks and starts a movement try looking at some school problems today was this flick propheticPublished 8 days ago by yawaysvoice
This was one of favorite movies when I was younger. I wanted to show it to my wife. The story about teenagers rebelling against the world may be a bit dated but it was as... Read morePublished 9 days ago by HK
An under appreciated movie. Here you have a person taken out of the comfort of their lifestyle back home. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jmworacle
True classic which launched Slater into a cult of radio Dj's. True raw energy with high school peer pressure which most have suffered or excelled from. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Matt
All high schoolers should see this movie. Standing up for yourself and for others never goes out of style, even when you have to pay the tab for what you've done. Read morePublished 5 months ago by V.T.