Theatrical Release: December 13, 2002
DVD Release: April 15, 2003


“Drumline” is a fun comedy about Devon Miles (Nick Cannon), a hip-hop street drummer from Harlem who goes to a Southern college on a marching band scholarship. Accustomed to getting by on pure ability, the talented freshman comes into conflict with Dr. Lee (Orlando Jones), the band director who requires team players. The tension intensifies when Devon is found to have lied on his college application and the college president threatens to fire Dr. Lee. The band must pull together as they prepare for the final band competition.

Dove Review

This story about a young drummer who just graduated from high school has some good moments. Young Devon Miles (Nick Cannon) attends a college in Atlanta but he has got a whole lot to learn about life. Dr. Lee (Orlando Jones), the band director, is just the man to instruct him. Dr. Lee’s theme is “One Band, One Sound.” He is big on harmony and team spirit. But Devon has to learn his life’s lessons the hard way.

The film has a few good themes including the theme of forgiveness and learning to change. Please note from the content listed below that there is some language in the film. But it is a good story of growth and change, and we award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the movie.

Content Description

Sex: Kissing by couple in a few scenes; a couple of sexual innuendos and suggestive dancing; a reference to making love.
Language: S-8; D-12; A-7; H-10; B-2; SOB-2; Butt-1
Violence: A few altercations but nothing too violent; a few students get in each other's face.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Cleavage; a woman's nipples seen through sweater; bare midriffs.
Other: Disrespectful attitudes although some of the characters change and grow.


Company: Fox
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 119 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter