Pump Up the Volume
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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
This movie is over 25 years old now. Yet the issues and ideas are still as true now and as they were then.
The school in this movie had the finest SAT's in it's state. Read more
Back when Christian Slater was that dude. Classic movie with good music..Published 3 months ago by Donte Allen
Inexpensive and like brand new and I received it a day early. I loved this movie as a kid and was happy to get it back into my old school collection!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Chugging his Cherry Diet Coke, chewing his Black Jack bubble gum, cueing up his outlaw music, anonymous shock jock Hard Harry, every night at 10pm, activates his pirate radio... Read morePublished 3 months ago by H. Bala
Love this movie .watched this with my overly emotional teenage daughter who feels like she's the only kid who feels like she does and to kinda open her eye and maybe laugh at her... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sara.J