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Raise Your Voice
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySean McNamara
Screenplay bySam Schreiber
Story byMitch Rotter
Produced by
CinematographyJohn R. Leonetti
Edited byJeff W. Canavan
Music by
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • October 8, 2004 (2004-10-08)
Running time
  • 103 minutes
  • 107 minutes (extended cut)
CountryUnited States
  • English
Budget$15 million
Box office$14.9 million

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 makes a cameo appearance in the film, performing the songs "Are You Ready" and "Home". Upon release, the film received negative reviews and grossed $14.9 million against a $15 million budget.



Terri Fletcher is a Flagstaff, Arizona teenager who 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, wanting her to run the family business.

Terri is very close to her elder brother Paul, who supports her dream. At Paul's graduation-day barbecue, he has a fight with Simon and is grounded. That night, Terri sneaks Paul out of the house to attend a Three Days Grace concert. On their way home, they are hit by a drunk driver. Terri awakens in the hospital and learns that Paul was killed.

Terri blames herself for Paul's death and decides to quit singing, but her mother Frances says that Paul's death is 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 talented violinist Denise. Terri learns a great deal about music but has flashbacks of the car crash.

Terri 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, Robin kisses Jay 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 drives to Los Angeles to bring her home. On the final day, Simon comes to the school and chastises Terri for deceiving him, as well as accuses her of turning his sister and wife against him, but 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, Simon 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. The students perform together.





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



Box office


Raise Your Voice grossed $10.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $4.5 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $14.9 million.[3] The film opened on October 8, 2004, and grossed $4,022,693 on its opening weekend, finishing at number six behind Shark Tale, Friday Night Lights, Ladder 49, Taxi, and The Forgotten.[4]

Critical response


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 16% based on 83 reviews, with an average rating of 3.8/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "A bland, formulaic tween version of Fame."[5] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 33 out of 100 based on reviews from 24 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews.[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 media


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



The soundtrack was planned to be released before the film[citation needed], but 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 (January 9, 2004). "Hilary Duff Can't Stay Away From Big Screen A Moment Longer". MTV News. Archived from the original on October 5, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  3. ^ "Raise Your Voice (2004)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 24, 2024.
  4. ^ "Domestic 2004 Weekend 41 (October 8–10, 2004)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 24, 2024.
  5. ^ "Raise Your Voice". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 1, 2022.
  6. ^ "Raise Your Voice". Metacritic. Retrieved August 1, 2009.
  7. ^ "2005 Artios Awards". The Casting Society of America. Casting Society of America. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  8. ^ Baisley, Sarah (January 24, 2005). "Aviator and Kill Bill, Vol. 2 Lead Golden Reel Noms". Animation World Network.