Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The film follows a group of students through school for the gifted in New York City. Starting with auditions and concluding with their graduation. We get to see the characters from their post-junior high immaturity to getting a grasp on their talents. Whether those talents are in dancing, singing, or musical instruments, all students are required to develop each and focus on one. The main characters are a sheepish Jewish girl, a boisterous hispanic boy, and a redheaded gay boy.
The famous scene using the title track involves a car driver who plays his sons music on loud speaker as the students are being dismissed. The kids run around bouncing off cars in traffic, all but starting a riot. The scenes with Coco being filmed at a sleazy "audition" and the gay boy explaining how his family treats his emotions like a sickness are the two most powerful. This isn't exactly a light-hearted movie, but overall it was better than I expected it to be.
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080716/