Remember, your “PrinciPAL” is your “pal” — unless you go to Vince Lombardi High School, where most of them have suffered nervous breakdowns due to the students’ fervent love of rock ‘n’ roll music and their desire to just party all the time. The students’ unofficial leader, Riff Randall (P.J. Soles of Carrie and Halloween), happens to be the biggest Ramones fan on the planet and waits in line for three days to get tickets to see them in concert, with high hopes for a chance to meet frontman Joey Ramone so she can give him a song she wrote especially for her favorite band to record, “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School”; unfortunately, Riff may have finally met her match in the latest Vince Lombardi principal, Miss Evelyn Togar (Mary Woronov), who confiscates the tickets in an attempt to destroy rock ‘n’ roll and fun forever. The alternate plan that Riff and her best friend Kate (Dey Young) conjure up with which to meet their musical heroes eventually leads to the Ramones becoming honorary Vince Lombardi students themselves — and to a rather, shall we say, “explosive” finale. Described by at least one fan as the “last great drive-in flick,” this Roger Corman-produced cult classic is a must-see for fans of The Ramones, fans of rock music in general, fans of having fun and fans of‚ well, suffice to say that if you’re a human being, you’ll probably find something to love about Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Besides, of course, the Ramones, the soundtrack also features Fleetwood Mac, The Velvet Underground, Paul McCartney and even Brian Eno.
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