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The School of Rock

  • Comedy
  • 2003
  • Richard Linklater
  • 104 mins
  • PG

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Dewey FinnJack Black
Principal Rosalie MullinsJoan Cusack
Ned SchneeblyMike White
Patty Di MarcoSarah Silverman
ZackJoey Gaydos Jr
TomikaMaryam Hassan
SummerMiranda Cosgrove
FreddyKevin Clark
KatieRebecca Brown
LawrenceRobert Tsai
MartaCaitlin Hale
AliciaAleisha Allen
BillyBrian Falduto
RazorNicky Katt
Battle of the Bands directorFrank Whaley
TheoAdam Pascal

Crew

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DirectorRichard Linklater

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2004-02-06
Language
English
Guidance
Some swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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