Raise Your Voice

Raise Your Voice is a 2004 American teen musical drama film directed by Sean McNamara and starring Hilary Duff. Canadian rock band Three Days Grace made a cameo appearance in the film, performing the songs "Are You Ready" and "Home".

Raise Your Voice
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Theatrical release poster
Directed bySean McNamara
Produced by
Screenplay bySam Schreiber
Story byMitch Rotter
Music byMachine Head
Aaron Zigman
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


Terri Fletcher is a Flagstaff, Arizona teenager who has 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 their father. At Paul's graduation-day barbecue, he has a fight with Simon, who, in the heat of it, grounds him. That night, 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 away. They have a car accident, hit by a drunk driver. Terri awakens in the hospital, and learns that Paul was killed.

Terri blames herself for Paul's death, wants to quit singing and not attend the music program. However, her mother Frances says that it's not her fault and that Paul would have wanted Terri to attend the program. She eventually convinces Terri to go, telling Simon that Terri plans to stay with her aunt Nina in Palm Desert, California[1] for the summer while she actually goes to Los Angeles.

Terri arrives in Los Angeles and has a few difficulties: her jacket is stolen, her cab driver is crabby, and initially can't get into the music school. While in the program, Terri makes new friends, including fun-loving DJ Kiwi, quiet pianist Sloane, and her roommate Denise, a talented violinist, and learns a great deal about music, but has flashbacks of the car crash.

She also develops a mutual fondness for British songwriter Jay, but she faces competition from Robin Childers, who was with Jay the previous summer. Robin still harbors feelings for Jay, but he does not reciprocate. Jay tries to get Robin to leave him and Terri alone. 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 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.

In the meantime, Simon learns of Terri's ruse and becomes furious. He then drives to Los Angeles to bring Terri home. On the final day, Simon comes to the school and Terri finds him packing up her belongings; he reams Terri for deceiving him, and for turning his sister and wife against him. Terri begs her father not to make same mistake he did with Paul and make her run, and not ruin the summer.

Ultimately, realizing how selfish he had been, he changes his mind. Terri and Jay perform the song they wrote, dedicating it to Paul. Even though Denise wins the scholarship prize, Simon is proud of his daughter and her talents, and is also glad that her last memory of Paul is one worth having (the concert), as opposed to Simon's own (their argument). Terri's teachers hope to see her next year; Simon replies that they just might. Over the end credits, the students perform together, joyously.



Principal photography began in Los Angeles, California on January 24, 2004,[2] and ended the following April.


Critical receptionEdit

The film received mostly negative reviews, receiving 33 out of 100 by Metacritic[3] and achieving a 15% (rotten) rating on Rotten Tomatoes with 85 reviews and an average rating of 4.7 out of 10.[4]

Box officeEdit

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.[5] 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.[6]


Raise Your Voice was nominated for an Artios Award for Outstanding Casting in Children's Programming Casting[7] and a Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in a Feature Film - Music/Musical.[8]

Home mediaEdit

The film was released on VHS and DVD on February 15, 2005.[9]


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. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer. "Hilary Duff Can't Stay Away From Big Screen A Moment Longer". MTV News. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  3. ^ "Raise Your Voice Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  4. ^ "Raise Your Voice (2004)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  5. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for October 8-10, 2004". Box Office Mojo. 2014-03-08. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  6. ^ Raise Your Voice at Box Office Mojo
  7. ^ "2005 Artios Awards". The Casting Society of America. Casting Society of America. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Aviator and Kill Bill, Vol. 2 Lead Golden Reel Noms". Animation World Network.
  9. ^ "404 Error - IMDb" – via www.imdb.com.

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