“Whiplash” is the story of Andrew Nieman (Miles Teller), a first-year jazz student in a prestigious music conservatory. He has long dreamed of being a jazz drummer, and has worked hard at it. Not only does he want to be a good drummer, he has high aspirations to be great.
One day esteemed and feared jazz teacher Terrence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) hears Andrew practicing and comes in the rehearsal room. After a brief chat, Fletcher invites Andrew to play in his ensemble. Fletcher is well known for his intimidating style. Another student tells Andrew not to worry, that Fletcher’s bark is a lot worse than his bite. Andrew soon learns that both Fletcher’s bark and bite are pretty scary.