Welcome to 90 from the ‘90s; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate a film from the 1990s – a film that I’ve NEVER SEEN. Posting on a semi-regular basis, I aim to work my way through 90 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided, recording my thoughts along the way.

I’m going to watch good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and everything in between. Some of these films you’ll be surprised I’ve never seen, others you’ll completely understand why I’ve avoided them for 20+ years.

The rules are as follows:

  • The film must be from the 1990s (1990-1999)
  • The film must be a movie I’ve not watched before

Today’s unseen ‘90s movie is…


Pump Up the Volume (1990)

I know very, very little about Pump Up the Volume, other than the fact the film stars Christian Slater and it’s set in a high school. I believe it’s a comedy and I think it has something to do with a radio station – but I could be wrong.

To be honest, this entire film has completely passed me by. In 1990, I would have been nine years’ old and I’m not sure this film would have been aimed at me.

Let’s see what Pump Up the Volume has to offer.

*Clicks the play button*

1min – “Is there life after high school?” Yes. Yes, there is. It’s expensive, confusing and very difficult. Oh and you’ll get shouted at by people who earn far more money than you do, but have less experience than you. Stay in school, kids!

3mins – ‘Introducing Samantha Mathis’ – who of course starred with Christian Slater in action film, Broken Arrow. Will this be better than Broken Arrow?

5mins 40secs – Christian Slater has appeared on screen, as the best-looking radio DJ ever. This guy definitely stands out from the Howard Sterns and the Tony Blackburns of this world. No offense, Howard and Tony, but come on – you’re no Christian Slater.

9mins 40secs – Christian Slater is pretending to pleasure himself on the radio. If this was the 1970s, he’d now be on a list.


10mins 40secs – Hmmm…. is the ‘pump’ part of the title a sex reference? Is this the American Pie of the early ’90s?

12mins 30secs – Christian Slater’s dad is trying to convince him that school is an OK place to be. Listen to him, Christian – it is!

15mins – As this film was made in 1990 it very much looks like an ’80s movie. In fact, before I undertook this ’90 from the ’90s challenge’, I assumed this movie was from the 1980s.

17mins – All this late night radio reminds me of John Carpenter’s The Fog. I’m half expecting some ghostly pirates to turn up and drag Christian Slater off into the darkness.

18mins 30secs – Using the radio as his voice, Slater is effectively a hero to all the kids. If this film was made today, I guess he’d be a YouTube vlogger.

21mins 50secs – Christian Slater is smoking. That wouldn’t happen nowadays; he’d be vaping.

23mins – In typical US movie fashion, all of the kids in this film look about 30, even though they’re supposed to be in their late teens. Getting served in a bar must be a piece of cake.

29mins – Jeez, this film just took a dark turn. Christian Slater just talked to a guy who is contemplating suicide. This is nothing like American Pie.

32mins – I like the fact that Christian Slater wears glasses when he’s at school, but doesn’t wear them when he’s presenting his radio show. He’s like Clark Kent – only without the spit curl and the badly fitted suit.

35mins – Bloody hell, that guy did commit suicide. This movie is nothing like I expected it to be. It’s all got very serious. This is not a comedy. Not at all.

36mins – Now that he’s walked away from the school, Christian Slater has taken off his glasses and has replaced them with sunglasses. He’s now a bad-ass Clark Kent.

37mins 30secs – Samantha Mathis knows about Christian Slater’s double life. She’s so clever.

43mins – Christian Slater is addressing the suicide. He’s also talking about the problems teens face. This movie is a lot deeper than I would have guessed.

46mins – He’s now inspiring kids to rebel, so one girl has just put a load of metal into the microwave oven. While I can see what she’s trying to achieve, she’s definitely going to regret this decision when the time comes to re-heat a lasagne. Just sayin’.

50mins 30secs – “I think you’re forgetting what it’s like when you’re young.”

52mins – Dealing with some important issues here, which effect teens. Well handled.

53mins – This is a good film. I’m really surprised I know practically nothing about it – especially considering all the teen/high school movies I watched at university.

55mins 15secs – Seth Green!

1hr – The teachers are getting all riled up about this radio show and the influence it is having on the kids. Same thing happened at my school – except the teachers were all riled up about conkers. Bloody conkers!

1hr 3mins – Christian Slater is continuing to Clark Kent his way through the situation.

1hr 11mins – Looks like the radio show might be over, as the cops are on their way to arrest Christian Slater. **Checks running time** Nah, there’s another 30 minutes left of this movie, the cops will be on a wild goose chase.

1hr 12mins – Yep – wild goose chase.

1hr 13mins – I wonder if I can put in a few requests on this radio station? Hey, Christian, can you play some Prince or maybe something by The Police? Oh and no Ed Sheeran – thanks.

1hr 15mins – Sex scene.

1hr 15mins 15secs – No sex scene.

1hr 15mins 20secs – The sex was interrupted by a police siren. I hate it when that happens.

1hr 20mins – A teacher has just slapped a student. The principal is OK with this. Another teacher speaks out about problems in the school. The principal is not OK with this. This principal is an ass.

1hr 36mins – After inspiring all the kids at the school, Christian Slater has just been arrested, but he’s OK with this as all the kids are now taking to the airwaves to start communicating. What a hero!

**Clicks stop**

Well, that was good. Pump Up the Volume was nothing like I expected, so I was very pleasantly surprised. Thumbs up!

Six down; 84 to go.

For past entries in the 90 from the ’90s series, check out: Mr. Nanny (1993) Fargo (1996)Hudson Hawk(1991)So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993) and Timecop (1994).