Raise Your Voice

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Raise Your Voice
Raise your voice poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySean McNamara
Produced bySean McNamara
David Brookwell
Toby Emmerich
A.J. Dix
Sara Risher
William Shively
Screenplay bySam Schreiber
Story byMitch Rotter
StarringHilary Duff
Oliver James
Lauren C. Mayhew
Dana Davis
Johnny Lewis
Jason Ritter
Rebecca De Mornay
Music byAaron Zigman
Machine Head
CinematographyJohn R. Leonetti
Edited byJeff Canavan
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • October 8, 2004 (2004-10-08)
Running time
103 minutes
107 minutes (extended cut)
CountryUnited States
Budget$15 million
Box office$14,867,514

Raise Your Voice is a 2004 American teen musical drama film directed by Sean McNamara. Canadian rock band Three Days Grace appeared in this movie as special guests, performing the songs "Are You Ready" and "Home".


Terri Fletcher (Hilary Duff) is a teenager with a passion for singing and dreams of becoming a professional singer. She wants to participate in a music program that could give her a $10,000 scholarship. Her overprotective father Simon (David Keith), a second-generation restaurateur, disapproves of Terri's plans, stating that being a singer may not be a worthwhile life choice. Simon believes that Terri will get hurt if she goes to Los Angeles and would prefer if she continues running the family business. Terri is very close to her elder brother Paul (Jason Ritter) who fully supports her dream, despite what their dad says. At Paul's graduation-day barbecue, he has a fight with Simon, who, in the heat of it, grounds his son. Terri sneaks Paul out of the house to attend a Three Days Grace concert. On the way back, they are in a car accident. Terri awakens in the hospital, where she learns that Paul was killed.

Terri loses interest in her singing, and also in the music program. However, Terri's mother Frances (Rita Wilson) feels differently; knowing that Paul would have wanted Terri to attend the program, she convinces Terri to go. Frances tells Simon that Terri plans to live with her aunt Nina (Rebecca De Mornay) in Palm Desert[1] for the summer and allows her daughter to travel to Los Angeles.

Terri arrives in Los Angeles and weathers some difficult ordeals: her jacket is stolen, her cab driver is crabby, and when she arrives at the music school, the door is locked; fellow student Jay (Oliver James) lets her in and Terri arrives safely. While at the program, Terri makes new friends and learns a great deal about music, but problems arise when she is plagued by memories of the car crash which took Paul's life and finds it increasingly difficult to keep her participation in the program a secret from her father.

Throughout the film, Terri develops a mutual fondness for Jay, but she faces competition from Robin Childers (Lauren C. Mayhew), who was involved with Jay the previous summer. Although Robin still harbors feelings for Jay, he does not reciprocate these feelings. Jay tries to get Robin to cease her efforts to keep him and Terri apart. On one occasion, she kisses him just as Terri walks in. Jay pushes Robin away, but Terri runs off in tears, ignoring Jay's insistence that the kiss meant nothing. Later, finding him drunk, Terri and her roommate Denise (Dana Davis) take Jay elsewhere to sober up. When he does, Jay apologizes, and Terri agrees to finish the song they've been working on for the scholarship contest.

At home, Simon learns of Terri's ruse and becomes furious. Simon then flies to Los Angeles to bring Terri home in an effort to keep her safe. On the final day, Simon comes to the school and Terri finds him packing up her belongings; he reams Terri for disobeying and deceiving him, and for turning his own sister and wife against him. She begs him to let her finish what she started and not let the summer go to waste. Ultimately, realizing how selfish he had been acting concedes and allows her to perform. Terri and Jay then perform the song they wrote with Terri dedicating it to Paul. The scholarship prize is won by Denise, yet Simon is proud of his daughter and her talents. He is also glad that her last memory of Paul is one worth having (the concert), as opposed to Simon's own (their argument, and Paul's subsequent restriction to his bedroom). Terri's teachers hope to see her next year; Simon replies that they just might. Over the end credits, Terri performs for her parents and Nina, with Jay cheering her on.



Critical reception[edit]

The film received mostly negative reviews, receiving 33 out of 100 by Metacritic[2] and achieving a 15% (rotten) rating on Rotten Tomatoes with 85 reviews and an average rating of 4.7 out of 10.[3]

Box office[edit]

The film opened on October 8, 2004 and grossed $4,022,693 in its opening weekend at #6, behind Shark Tale's second weekend, Friday Night Lights, Ladder 49's second weekend, Taxi, and The Forgotten's third weekend.[4] The film was also a flop at the box office.

By the end of its run, Raise Your Voice grossed $10,411,980 domestically and $4,455,534 internationally, totaling $14,867,514 worldwide.[5]


In contrast to the negative reviews, for her role, Duff won Favorite Movie Actress at the 2005 Kids Choice Awards. Duff also received a Golden Raspberry Award nomination in 2005 for Worst Actress.

Home media[edit]

The film was released on VHS and DVD February 15, 2005.[6]


The soundtrack was planned to be debuting before the movie, but was never released because Duff released her eponymous second album with the songs featured on the film. Three Days Grace also contributed the songs "Are You Ready" and "Home" to the movie, the latter from their self-titled debut album. The upbeat "Lift Off" by Tina Sugandh.

Unreleased tracklist
  1. "Play It Loud" – MxPx
  2. "Someone's Watching Over Me" – Hilary Duff
  3. "Jericho" – Hilary Duff
  4. "Fly" – Hilary Duff
  5. "Shine" – Hilary Duff
  6. "Walking on Sunshine" – Katrina and the Waves
  7. "Home" – Three Days Grace
  8. "Are You Ready?" – Three Days Grace
  9. "We Might as Well Be Strangers" – Keane
  10. "Lift Off" – Tina Sugandh


  1. ^ Ebert, Roger (October 8, 2004). "Raise Your Voice". Chicago Sun-Times
  2. ^ "Raise Your Voice Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  3. ^ "Raise Your Voice (2004)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  4. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for October 8-10, 2004". Box Office Mojo. 2014-03-08. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  5. ^ Raise Your Voice at Box Office Mojo
  6. ^ "404 Error - IMDb" – via www.imdb.com.

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