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School of Rock
     

School of Rock

4.4 40
Director: Richard Linklater, Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White

Cast: Richard Linklater, Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White

 

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The world's least-employable heavy metal guitarist is entrusted with the minds of upstate New York's best and brightest in this fish-out-of-water comedy. Jack Black plays Dewey Finn, axe-bearer for a fitfully successful bar band determined to win a regional battle-of-the-bands competition. There's only one thing standing in their way: the self-indulgent solos and

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The world's least-employable heavy metal guitarist is entrusted with the minds of upstate New York's best and brightest in this fish-out-of-water comedy. Jack Black plays Dewey Finn, axe-bearer for a fitfully successful bar band determined to win a regional battle-of-the-bands competition. There's only one thing standing in their way: the self-indulgent solos and crowd-diving antics of their "embarrassing" lead guitarist. When his band votes him out in favor of a would-be rock god, Dewey has to make the rent somehow, and after intercepting a call for his substitute-teacher roomie Ned (Mike White), the pot-bellied slacker finds himself in front of a class of elite elementary school students. At a loss for a lesson plan, Dewey takes offense at the pre-teen prodigies' staid musical regimen and makes it his goal to preach them the gospel of The Who, Led Zeppelin, and AC/DC -- with the ulterior motive of getting them to compete against his former band for a cash prize. But no matter how willing his pupils, Dewey runs up against the consternation of the school's stern headmistress Principal Mullins (Joan Cusack), the battle-of-the-bands' promoter (Frank Whaley), and not least, his identity-deprived roomie Ned.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
With School of Rock, the irrepressible Jack Black takes a hackneyed premise and almost single-handedly transforms it into a buoyant, frequently hilarious comedy. He plays Dewey Finn, an egotistical rock-star wannabe whose self-absorption gets him ejected from the band he started. Determined to succeed but strapped for cash, Dewey impersonates a friend in order to take a substitute-teacher job at a tiny prep school, where he recruits young music students to play in his new band. This is, essentially, no more substantive than the premise for a sitcom episode, but Black's manic performance alone makes it seem fresh and innovative. There's a surfeit of nervous energy in that bulky body of his, and his impish countenance reflects every sneaky little thought that flits through his mind. Director Richard Linklater attempts to bring some individuality to the kids, but none of them is especially memorable; in fact, only Joan Cusack (as the school's uptight administrator) manages to capture a share of the viewer's attention while Black is also onscreen. School of Rock represents a considerable concession for Linklater, who made his reputation by directing such quirky little indies as Slacker and Dazed and Confused. His handling of this fairly conventional material is decidedly mainstream and nonthreatening -- it's even, dare we say, cute. In the end, it's Black's gleefully subversive persona that gives this enjoyable comedy its edge.
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School of Rock is a hilarious combination of several standard-formula plot elements that wouldn't have added up to much were it not for the uniquely quirky performance of Jack Black, the endearing children in his "rock" class, the direction of Richard Linklater, and the well-written script by Mike White. That such tired plot lines as a teacher inspiring his students through an "experimental" teaching style (learning his own valuable lessons along the way, of course) and a band preparing for an inevitable Battle of the Bands finale actually come across as refreshing and fun is a testament to the quality of the film's execution. The children are genuine and likable and Jack Black has a natural rapport with them -- who ever thought that Black would prove such an inspirational and understanding mentor? Yes, the story is preposterous, but the message of bringing out the best in kids through positive reinforcement -- and the "power of rock" -- is real and heartfelt. Black's comedic antics are hilarious -- at once reined in by Linklater and let free by the essential spotlight that the film offers him. The School of Rock is Black's first moment to shine and truly take center stage in a film, and he does it with ease. The witty script by Mike White is great at relating the joys and importance of rock music and at avoiding stereotypes beyond most characters' first introductions (though the Liza Minnelli-loving effeminate student [Brian Falduto] and the evil-girlfriend [Sarah Silverman] are noticably one-dimentional in comparison the the others). In particular, Joan Cusack's role as the strict and uptight principal is refreshing, in that it does not resort to the clichéd evil disciplinarian gig throughout. Her character is humanized and, almost miraculously, is saved from being forced into an incredulous romantic plot line with the lead. Also noteworthy is the fact that the children -- who, in addition to acting ability, were cast based on their musical talents and skills -- are actually playing their respective instruments throughout the film. The School of Rock is an enjoyable movie that should have mass appeal, even beyond the hardcore Jack Black fans or rock aficionados.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929300839
Original Release:
2003
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
14,306

Special Features

Commentary by Actor Jack Black and Director Richard Linklater; Kids' Commentary; Lessons Learned on "School Of Rock"; Jack Black's Pitch to Led Zeppelin; 'School of Rock' Music Video; Kids' Video Diary: Toronto Film Festival; MTV's Diary Of Jack Black; Dewey Finn's History of Rock; Theatrical Trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Black Dewey Finn
Joan Cusack Principal Rosalie Mullins
Mike White Ned Schneebly
Sarah Silverman Patty
Jordan-Claire Green Michelle
Veronica Afflerbach Eleni
Miranda Cosgrove Summer
Joey Gaydos Zach
Robert Tsai Lawrence
Angelo Massagli Frankie
Kevin Clark Freddy
Maryam Hassan Tomika
Caitlin Hale Marta
Cole Hawkins Leonard
Brian Falduto Billy
James Hosey Marco
Aleisha Allen Alicia
Zachary Infante Gordon
Rebecca Brown Katie
Jaclyn Neiderthal Actor

Technical Credits
Richard Linklater Director,Screenwriter
Sandra Adair Editor
Scott Aversano Executive Producer
Jeremy Conway Production Designer
Sam Hoffman Asst. Director
Michelle Keiser Asst. Director
Steve Nicolaides Executive Producer
Karen Patch Costumes/Costume Designer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Scott Rudin Producer
Adam Scher Art Director
Ilene Starger Casting
Jeffrey Stern Sound/Sound Designer
Rogier Stoffers Cinematographer
Craig Wedren Score Composer
Mike White Screenwriter
Karin Wiesel Set Decoration/Design

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School of Rock 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
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This movie was so funny. Jack Black was hilarious as usual. I recommend it to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is GREAT!It's my favorite movie of ALL time!Jack Black, Mike White,Sarah Silverman,Joan Cusack,Miranda Cosgrove,Joey Gaydos and Kevin Clark were AWESOME!The kids were great.My personal Favorite was kevin clark who is really hot and a great drummer and actor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ok now what else could u want in a movie. i've seen it 13 and 3 halves times and everytime it makes me laugh. i wasn't to sure if it would be good but i saw it in theaters and it made me crck up. the best bonus feature is the kids kommentary it's hillarios! now i had heard jack black was obnoxious but whatever in this movie he rocked!!! the kids were all pretty realistic(i should know i am one) so over all i would give it 1,000 stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie!I met Jack Black(Dewet Finn)and Miranda Cosgrove(Summer Hathaway)and Joan Cusack(Rosalee Mullins)at the Premier in L.A. and they were really excited about their movie.This movie is a good movie, a GREAT movie, but it was not REALISTIC enough for critics.I liked it even though I am not a huge fan of Rock N' Roll anymore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the best Jack Black movies ever!!!! IT IS JUST REALLY GOOD!!! It does keep you on the edge of your seet all the movie!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER MADE!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the sneak preview for School of Rock and this movie “rocked!” The trailer did not interest me, and although I am not a big fan of Jack Black, I am glad I went to see this movie. The story line was great. The 10-year-old children were talented and adorable in everyway. Seeing the children in their private school uniforms was priceless. I loved each and every one of the unique characters. Black’s performance for this film made him stand out like no other actor would do. School of Rock was a great comedy! “Rock on, School of Rock!”
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loooove this movie. It has some of the greatest rock songs of all time in it and has the best band. The band rocks and so does this movie. Jack Black was so well doing his part he deserves an Oscar. I absolutley recomend this to anyones family. Kids and mostly adults will cherish this awesome movie!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly great vehicle for Jack Black. He pretty much carries the entire movie. Not to discount the fine performances of the kids and Joan Cusack as the principal, but if you're looking for a movie showcasing Black as a great comedian. you'll want to watch this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS MOVIE ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved that somebody like Jack Black can make such a great movie. It's cool that they used kids who can really play, not just having them look like they are playing, with music in the backround . I love all of the music in this movie. Before this movie I didn't like rock that much, but after seeing it I started to like rock music more than before. I love that on the DVD they have a regular comentary with Jack Black and the director, and then one with most of the kids. This DVD is the BEST ONE!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
School of Rock is an amazing movie!!!! I think there should be a second one and it should definately have Joey Gaydos Jr. in it and on the lead guitar again!!!!!I LOVE SCHOOL OF ROCK!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack Black (dewy) is a guitar player in a band but gets kicked out.so he starts a band with a 5th grade class. It is my favorite movie. I love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS MOVIE ROCKS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack Black puts on a hilarious performance as a jobless rocker. I didn't know anything about real rock before I saw this movie. I guess you could say it took me to school too. Joan Cusack shines as the principal. The children as actors weren't all that great but they were real musicians so you'll totally appreciate that there is no lame 'air guitar' or fake pounding on the keyboard. I wanted to join a rock band after watching the movie, I was so inspired. Kids will also really enjoy this movie and it's pretty clean except for a few, sparse, explicit words. Class is in session so add School of Rock to your collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film was excellent! It was such a good movie with tons of good music. It has a great number of good rock hits not to mention their own music. Jack Black and all of the actors were histerical. It was very fun and amusing to see everything going down in a hillarious way. I enjoyed it a lot and i think you will too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The shcool of rock is one of the best movies I've ever seen, it's most definetly one of my favorite movies, I've probbly seen it 168 times already and the music in the movie is great the kid's are pricless and jack black is wonderful in this movie, infact I now love rock music, I used to be more into pop till i watched this movie, bottom line is it's an awsome movie that you really should go see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Greatest rock/comedy of alllll time! AN epic which has REAL music like legendary Guitarist Jimmy page Led Zeppelin and legendary guitarist Angus young of AC/DC.Greatest movie sound track, in my opion of course, ever heard! (By the by, The 9 year old lead guitrist kicks, better than lots i've heard including those in bands).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The movie, School of Rock, directed by Richard Linklater, is a heart-warming, fun-filled movie about a rock musician, Dewey Finn (Jack Black), who pretends to be his best friend, Ned Schneebley (Mike White), a substitute teacher. Dewey needs money to pay his rent, so he pretends to be Ned and accepts a job teaching at Horace Green Prep, a prestigious elementary school. Dewey is introduced as a sloppy, lazy, immature rocker; not the kind of person you would expect to teach children. At first, he does not take the job seriously and just wants to get paid. Dewey, now known as Mr. Schneebley, would be the villain in any other movie, but School of Rock twists the classic story and turns it into an entertaining story about letting go and being yourself. After seeing his students in music class, Dewey recognizes their potential and introduces them to rock instruments. This moment was important because the audience sees Dewey's positive side. Dewey wants the children to have enjoyment in their lives because all they think about is schoolwork. Dewey asks a student, Zach (Joey Gaydoas,) if he has ever played the electric guitar. Zach replies, "No, my dad thinks it's a waste of time." This revels the pressure the students are under from their parents. Dewey soon learns that this is the case with many of the students. They are only in 5th grade, and yet there is so much pressure on them to do well in school that they have no time for fun. Dewey's immaturity lets him connect with the students, and makes him a better teacher. The students are comfortable with Dewey and trust him, which is not usually the case with most teachers. Because Dewey has always wanted to play in Battle of the Bands, a band competition, he creates a class project called Rock Band, and tells the class that it is a requirement. Dewey begins teaching the students rock history, theory, appreciation, and how to be a part of a rock band. Jack Black's comedic performance and hilarious physical humor makes these scenes hysterically funny. The kids' stand-out performances only add to the comedy. Eventually, the parents and the students find out that Dewey is a fraud. The students are mad at "Mr. Schneebley" at first, but then they realize what a great teacher he actually is. They learn how to be themselves, and that grades are not everything. In the end, both the students and Dewey have learned about themselves and have grown up. Dewey teaches the students not to do work just for the grades, but for passion and enjoyment. From the students, Dewey learns that he is capable of accomplishing something other than playing rock music. School of Rock has comical brilliance and life lessons all tied up into one fabulous movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was the greatest and the actors/musicians were the best! i cant wait until tommorow when the DVD comes out! number 1 movie of the year for me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thanks to the always-funny Jack Black,'School of Rock' really rocks.It's a 'Music Man' for a new generation.Unlike 'Music Man',though, there's a rock 'n roll band instead of a marching band and it's more of a movie about music than a musical.But like Harold Hill,Jack Black cons his way into a teaching career,teaches his kids how to play music,is soon won over by them,and opens their eyes (and ears)to the world.The children are natural-musicians and singers.The show they put on is awesome.And as I said before,Jack Black is amazingly-energetic and hilarious. Thumbs up!