leanonme.jpgI hadn’t seen Lean on Me until the other night. I’m usually a sucker for the Mr. Holland’s Opuses and Remember the Titans of the movie world, but Lean on Me wasn’t quite doing it for me. As Joe Clark attempts to pump up the students before the big test, the movie has about the biggest ding a movie can have. A ding is when a movie says the name of the movie in the movie itself. Whenever it happens I say ding out loud.

Some dings are great:

                          BRIAN (VO)

               But what we found out is that each

               one of us is a brain...

                        ANDREW (VO)

               ...and an athlete...

                         ALLISON (VO)

               ...and a basket case...

                         CLAIRE (VO)

               ...a princess...

                         BENDER (VO)

               ...and a criminal...

                          BRIAN (VO)

               Does that answer your question?

               Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.

ding!

Others are not as great:

			GOOSE

	He's the best you have. He's going

 Top Gun!

ding!

Some are just annoying:

                                 COLIN

                       What was his name? The, ah,

                       departed.

ding!

In Lean on Me, the ding comes in the form of the song Lean on Me. Two different versions of the song are in the movie and one is played a few times. I like Bill Withers quite a bit, but that is one big ding.

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Rotten tomatoes rating: 64%