DRUMLINE (2002) A superlative B movie -- funny, sexy, and rousing. It does more than capture the excitement of marching bands; it gets their clockwork beauty as… 2002-12-13 PG-13 PT119M Comedy Musical Nick Cannon Zoe Saldana Orlando Jones Leonard Roberts 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Movie Review

DRUMLINE (2002)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Dec 13, 2002; Rated: PG-13; Length: 119 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Musical; With: Nick Cannon and Zoe Saldana; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

A superlative B movie -- funny, sexy, and rousing. It does more than capture the excitement of marching bands; it gets their clockwork beauty as well. The director, Charles Stone III, keeps the tensions flowing -- between the rivals on the field, between rap rhythm and old-school soul. Devon Miles (Nick Cannon), the new snare drummer at A&T University in Atlanta, is a hotshot who has to learn to be a team player. Drumline, in other words, is unabashedly a kind of collegiate Top Drum, but the film is exceedingly well acted, and the on-the-field scenes are photographed with such vibrance that you feel as if you're standing in the nerve center of a glittering funk machine.

Originally posted Jan 10, 2003 Published in issue #690 Jan 10, 2003 Order article reprints