• Whiplash (2014)


Release Date: October 10th, 2014

DVD Release Date: February 24th, 2015

R |1 hr 46 min

Plot Summary

Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, in pursuit of rising to the top of his elite music conservatory. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor known for his terrifying teaching methods, discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into the top jazz ensemble, forever changing the young man's life. But Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher pushes him to the brink of his ability and his sanity.

Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, Austin Stowell, Nate Lang, Max Kasch, Damon Gupton

Director: Damien Chazelle

Genres: Music , Drama

Production Co: Bold Films, Right of Way Films, Blumhouse

Keywords: Friend, 2010s, Pursuit, Sacrifice, Intense, Car, Emotional, House

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Alonso DuraldeTheWrap

    Whiplash redefines the teacher movie (to say nothing of the young-musician movie) with a brutal energy and no easy resolutions. It's a challenging tune that will nonetheless get stuck in your head. show more

  • 85
    Eric D. SniderFilm.com

    [An] unusually unromantic approach to music education is one of many noteworthy things about Whiplash, a funny, exhilarating drama — bordering on psychological thriller. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    The antithesis of “let’s-put-on-a-show” fluff, Whiplash...is about the wages of all-out sacrifice and commitment. show more

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