Prayer Focus


MPAA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPAA) for innuendo and language
not reviewed
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Teens Adults
Drama, Comedy
1 hr. 58 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
December 13, 2002
Copyright, Fox 2000 Pictures Scene from “Drumline”

Starring: Orlando Jones, Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana, Candace Carey, Jason Weaver | Directed by: Charles Stone III | Produced by: Wendy Finerman, Jody Gurson, Jody Gerson, Tim Bourne, Timothy M Bourne | Written by: Tina Chism, Tina F. Chism, Gina Prince-Blythewood, Reginald Blythewood | Distributor: 20th Century Fox

“Half time is game time”

A band director recruits a Harlem street drummer to play at a Southern university.

Viewer Comments
Positive—My husband and I took our nine year old daughter and thought that the movie was very entertaining, humors and tender. I would highly recommend this movie to all families. The young man in the movie started out thinking that he was “the” best and no one could match him and though that might’ve been true he needed an attitude adjustment. As he learned more about himself, his skills and his true purpose he grew into a powerful performer. I believed he learned that no man is an island and that we all need help from one another to help them grow but mostly important to help us grow. Drumline get two thumbs UP!
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 4½]
LeShaun, age 33
Positive—The script could of used some work to flesh out the characters and even some of the secondary characters like his father whom he never reconciles with. That’s the only thing that really bothered me about this film. Other than that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Go have a fun “peppy” night and out and catch this inspiring flick! There were some highly suggestive scenes so you might wanna keep the 12 and unders home. :) (The dancers and comparing a drum twice to having sex).
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 4]
Chris, age 18
Positive—I thought this movie was great. There’s no blatant sexuality, the lone bit of violence is a punch to the jaw, and the guy who was a jerk sees the errors of his ways after he is humbled a bit. If you’re rhythmless, you won’t like the drumming sequences, but the passion that these people have is nothing short of awe-inspiring. If more Christians actually had that kind of passion for Christ, the entire world would turn to Christianity.
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 4]
Paul, age 27
Neutral—In a word, “Been there, done that.” The storyline has been done a lot in the past, many times and much better. It treads no new ground, just rehashes old movie themes and colorizes them. The only character who seemed to have any integrity is Dr. Lee whose part was played extremely well. The story was very predictable. There were no twists in the plot, no sub-plots, nothing to occupy the film but one relentless drum scene after another after another. If you were ever in a marching band, see this film. If you weren’t, wait til this is at your $.99 rental store and pick it up there.
My Ratings: [Average / 1½]
Ron Reames, age 56
Positive—Great drama/comedy. Kept me on the edge of my seat.
My Ratings: [Good / 4]
Charles Craver, age 30
Comments from young people
Positive—As I entered upon the theater awaiting the opening credits of “Drumline,” I did not quite know what to expect. The trailer was pretty nice and it was a spark that caught the flame of my attention. When I left the theater however, my expectations blew away. This movie is definitely for all who love bands, those who watch them, and for those who do not know little or anything about them (me, for example).

I never imagined that the intensity of the movie and the thrill of it being so kind hearted could enthrall me so much. The band sequences, are I believe, the best directed ever. I recommend this to those who are 12 and up. There are some scenes where playing a drum is compared to having sex, and there is a small amount of profanity, but the morally upright storylines overshadows all of this in a number of ways. Remember, it is band movie so you might see some skimpy majorettes and a little bit of vulgar dancing. Believe me though, after you have watched through to the final scenes, you will be glad you stayed.
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 5]
Ray, age 17
Positive—Drumline was an awesome movie!!! As part of one of the top high school marching bands in Colorado, I thought that this movie did a wonderful job showing what we do, and how much work goes into a show—the teamwork, the grueling training, the constant practice. From a Christian perspective, there is very little objectionable content in this film.

There is some mild profanity, but that is probably pretty accurate in a film about teenagers with an urban background. There is some sexual innuendo (“playing a drum is like making love”), but Devon and Layla (the main characters) do nothing more than kiss—pretty good for a PG-13 movie! There are positive lessons in this story, like teamwork, sportsmanship, the pursuit of higher education, honesty, and friendship. I’d recommend this film for anyone over the age of 10, especially if you are (or have been) a band geek!
My Ratings: [Better than Average / 4]
Emily, age 14
Positive—Drum Line was a great movie to see for all ages. Only there are a few curse words. Other than that there was nothing offensive in this movie. Nick Cannon rocks in acting and may I say is very HOTT! Lol.
My Ratings: [Good / 5]
Liz Wesolowski, age 13