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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man's life. Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability-and his sanity.

Cast

  • Miles Teller
  • J.K. Simmons
  • Paul Reiser
  • Melissa Benoist
  • Austin Stowell
  • Nate Lang
  • Chris Mulkey
  • Damon Gupton
  • Suanne Spoke
  • Max Kasch

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Trivia

  • Miles Teller, who has played the drums since he was 15, received blisters on his hands due to the vigorous, unconventional style of jazz drumming. Some of his blood was on the drumsticks and the drum set as a result.
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Goofs

  • When Fletcher throws the chair at Neiman, the guitarist is behind Neiman in the first shot then missing in the second, probably removed to avoid being hit by the chair.
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Quotes

    • Terence Fletcher: There are no two words in the English language more harmful than "good job".
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Metacritic

90
Oct 10, 2014

Whiplash redefines the teacher movie (to say nothing of the young-musician movie) with a brutal energy and no easy resolutions. It's a challenging tune that will nonetheless get stuck in your head.

Metacritic review by Alonso Duralde
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
80
Jan 22, 2014

The antithesis of “let’s-put-on-a-show” fluff, Whiplash...is about the wages of all-out sacrifice and commitment.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
85
Jan 20, 2014

[An] unusually unromantic approach to music education is one of many noteworthy things about Whiplash, a funny, exhilarating drama — bordering on psychological thriller.

Eric D. Snider
Film.com