As iconic frontmen go, there are very few past or present that hold a candle to Joey Ramone. Along with the rest of his stage-ordained "siblings", the man christened Jeffrey Ross Hyman by his parents will always be heralded as a true innovator, his band's first long player preceding the spittle emblazoned likes of The Clash and the Sex Pistols by a good year or so. Unfortunately, as happens with so many artists that pave the way for others to follow, commercial success never really materialised to the extent The Ramones deserved, and despite releasing fourteen albums up to their split in 1996, they struggled to achieve anything beyond moderate levels of acclaim compared to the dizzy heights of those formative years.
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The film's hijinks largely follow your typical school's-out-for-summer comedy. There's hazing, there's rebellion, there's sex, there's quirky supporting characters (including Clint Howard, who has an "office" situated in a bathroom stall), and there's loud music. But everything's just a bit off with Rock 'n' Roll High School, starting with its star, Soles, who at 29 years old was playing what had to be the oldest senior on record. Soles, who would later become known best (arguably) for playing one of the military police officers in Stripes, is believable as a Ramones fan, though her haircut needs some attention if she wants to be a serious punk rocker.
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