The School of Rock

The School of Rock

Richard Linklater (2003)

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Our Score
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.


A slobbish guitarist dreams of stardom, but his hopes are dashed when the other members of his band kick him out. Struggling to make ends meet, he takes a job as a supply teacher at an exclusive private school, and sets about moulding his pupils into rock gods. Comedy from director Richard Linklater, starring Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White and Sarah Silverman.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Richard Linklater
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Some swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 Feb 2004