Pump Up the Volume (1990)

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By Scott Goldfine

Christian Slater is riveting as Hard Harry, the teenage operator of a pirate radio station, in this inspiring drama. An introvert by day and a seething “shock jock” by night, Slater causes commotion with school faculty and parents as he becomes a cult hero to the youth of a suburban Phoenix town.

This is an effective film that trumpets the importance of free expression. Rated R.

GRADE: B+

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