Raise Your Voice

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Raise Your Voice
Raise your voice poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySean McNamara
Produced by
Screenplay bySam Schreiber
Story byMitch Rotter
CinematographyJohn R. Leonetti
Edited byJeff W. Canavan
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • October 8, 2004 (2004-10-08)
Running time
  • 103 minutes
  • 107 minutes (extended cut)
CountryUnited States
  • English
  • French
Budget$15 million
Box office$14.8 million

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". Raise Your Voice stars Hilary Duff.


Terri Fletcher 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, 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. Simon thinks this is the only way to keep Terri safe. Terri is very close to her elder brother Paul, who fully supports her dream, despite what their father 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, Paul was planning on going to college and leaving right now. They have a car accident and are hit by a drunk driver. Terri awakens in the hospital, where she learns that Paul was killed.

Terri blames herself for Paul's death. She wants to quit singing and not attend the music program. Terri tells her mother, Frances, that if she hadn't convinced Paul to sneak out to the concert he'd still be alive. However, Frances explains that it's not her fault and that Paul would have wanted Terri to attend the program. She eventually convinces Terri to go. Frances tells Simon that Terri plans to stay with her aunt Nina 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 at night, the door is locked; fellow student Jay 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, 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 take Jay to the roof to sober up. When he does, Jay apologizes, and Terri agrees to finish the song they have been working on for the scholarship contest.

At home, Simon learns of Terri's ruse and becomes furious. Simon then drives 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. Terri begged her father not to make same mistake like he did with Paul and make her run. 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. Even though Denise wins the scholarship prize, 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]


Raise Your Voice was nominated for an Artios Award for Outstanding Casting in Children's Programming Casting[6] and a Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in a Feature Film - Music/Musical.[7]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on VHS and DVD on February 15, 2005.[8]


The soundtrack was planned to be released before the film[citation needed], but it 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 film, the latter from their self-titled debut album.

Unreleased track listing

  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. ^ "2005 Artios Awards". The Casting Society of America. Casting Society of America. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Aviator and Kill Bill, Vol. 2 Lead Golden Reel Noms". Animation World Network.
  8. ^ "404 Error - IMDb" – via www.imdb.com.

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