The School of Rock

  • PG
  • Richard Linklater (2003)
  • US / Ger
  • 104 min
The School of Rock
Film Review
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4 out of 5

The School of Rock is that rare thing: a kid's film that doesn't patronise or pander to its target audience and has enough wit to also entertain adults. Jack Black is outstanding as Dewey Finn, an unemployed rock guitarist who passes himself off as a supply teacher and enlightens the sheltered pupils of a posh private school with the joys of rock 'n' roll. Joan Cusack provides excellent comic support as the school's headmistress who is twitchily uptight but by no means unsympathetic. Director Richard Linklater (the indie darling best known for Slacker and Dazed and Confused) deftly avoids the saccharine schmaltz and pre-programmed plotlines that can easily ruin these kind of films. He miraculously manages to extract not one, but more than half a dozen enjoyable, natural performances from his precocious young cast. Rock 'n' roll purists may lament the inevitable absence of the sex 'n' drugs components, but this is expertly crafted escapism and a near perfect family movie.

Plot Summary

Musical comedy starring Jack Black as Dewey Finn, an out-of-work heavy metal guitarist who cons his way into a job teaching at an expensive private school. Introducing the uptight students to the joys of rock music, Finn sets about grooming them for a battle-of-the-bands contest.

Cast and crew

Cast

Dewey Finn
Jack Black
Principal Rosalie Mullins
Joan Cusack
Ned Schneebly
Mike White
Patty Di Marco
Sarah Silverman
Zack
Joey Gaydos Jr
Tomika
Maryam Hassan
Summer
Miranda Cosgrove
Freddy
Kevin Clark
Katie
Rebecca Brown
Lawrence
Robert Tsai
Marta
Caitlin Hale
Alicia
Aleisha Allen
Billy
Brian Falduto
Razor
Nicky Katt
Battle of the Bands director
Frank Whaley
Theo
Adam Pascal

Crew

Director
Richard Linklater

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
UIP
Guidance: 
Some swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Released 6 Feb 2004
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
Categories
Comedy

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