Synopsis: Will centers on a high school outcast and a popular girl who form an unlikely bond through their shared love of music. Assembling a like-minded crew of misfits, the friends form a rock group and perform in the battle of the bands competition at their school.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Director(s): Todd Graff
Production: Summit Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min


Dear David Bowie...

Well, it's Monday morning, which,

let's face it, in Cincinnati, is redundant.

I'm getting ready for school,

or, as I like to call it,

Guantanamo with a lunch period.

My mom says

that's seeing the glass half-empty.

Personally, I just hope one day

to actually see the glass.

Will, you' re going to be late.


Are you writing another letter

to David Bowie?

Doesn't it bother you

that he never writes back?

-He knows that would only intimidate me.

-See, why can't I process rejection like that?

Good. Let's go.

So, what does the white whale

symbolize here?

School isn't gut-wrenchingly awful.

Mostly, it's just kind of like novocaine

for the soul.

I tend to make snap judgments

about people

based on what kind of music they like.

Like these kids are into hip-hop lite,

the kind where some rapper does one verse

of a Christina Aguilera song.

Then there's the "Trustafarians. "

Rich suburban white kids with knit caps

and $2,000 dreadlock extensions.

The indie-rock clique is made up of me

and one other kid I refuse to meet

until he bathes

and stops flattening his hair with his hand.

What can I say?

I think I just kind of missed the memo

about how to fit in in Cincinnati.

I'm sorry. That was an accident.




Oh, well. As a wise musician once said,

"l have become comfortably numb. "

Well, that's all for now.

Your number-one fan, Will Burton.

What's the one thing I could say right now

to make this better?

You quit your job

and we're moving out of Cincinnati?

I quit my job

and we're moving out of Cincinnati.

-You're a cat and I'm just your play toy.

-No, no, I mean it, I mean it.

-Aunt Nan gave me a job.

-ln Jersey?

Yeah! Yeah, and it's more money,

and flexible hours...


-Yeah! And it's perfect.

The schools in Jersey

start second semester later.


What? What is it?

I mean, it's not going

to be any different there.

Okay, there's the Will Burton

I know and love.

God, for a moment,

you were actually possessed

by a happy, well-adjusted teenager.

-lt might be different. Different kids.

-Yeah, but same me.

Hey, hey. You are not the problem.

You are terrific.


Listen, honey, if you miss out on life,

they win.

-(SlNGlNG) lf you just put your hand in mine

-(SlNGlNG) lf you just put your hand in mine

-We're gonna leave all our troubles behind

-We're gonna leave all our troubles behind

-We'll walk and don't look back

-We'll walk and don't look back

-Don't look back

-Don't look back

Okay, Mick Jagger recorded this

with Peter Tosh.

It's almost ska.

It's like reggae, but it pops more,

and they don't sing about Jah.

You have no idea

what I'm talking about, do you?


But it's nice to see you so happy!




Will, honey, it's a big day tomorrow.

Get to bed.




Elvis is entering the building.



All right!

See, I told you it would be different here.

Night and day.

Dear David Bowie,

there's one big advantage to

my new school over my old one: anonymity.

All those years of wishing I could

make myself invisible?

Turns out, all I had to do

was move to New Jersey.


Happy New Year, Van Buren! What's up?


I just have one question for you.

What's gonna happen



And who's gonna bring home the gold?

-Glory Dogs!

-Glory Dogs!

Give it up for Ben Wheatly

and the Glory Dogs!

Lunch today was like

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Josh A. Cagan

Josh A. Cagan is an actor and writer, best known as being a writer for the short lived animated series Undergrads. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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