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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If only this were a true story! This movie should be compulsory viewing for all parents who want their kids to kick their Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus habits. Jack Black, in this family-friendly rocker, turns on a group of school kids to the greatest sound known to man: Classic rock.

Down-and-out rocker Dewey Finn, has been kicked out of his metal band and replaced by a shirtless guitar player named Spider. Desperate to pay his share of the rent to his substitute teacher roomate Ned Schneebly (Mike White), Dewey steals a teaching gig at a private school. He pretends to be "Mr. Schneebly", but is barely literate himself. Of course, Dewey's a bit of a burnout, but he has never let go of his dream. He believes that the world can be made a better place by performing the public service of rocking out. He believes that he has what it takes to rock out. However he needs the money first, before he can form a new band.

Starting at the school, he is under the watchful eye of the principal, wonderfully played by Black's High Fidelity castmate Joan Cusack. When Dewey hears the kids play classical music at the school, he realizes he's found his band. He just needs to teach them a little bit about rocking.

Black is infinitely quotable in this movie, and the music is top notch. The original songs are all stellar, particularly "Way Hard Core". The classic rock songs are some of the best ever assembled: Metallica, rare Kiss, The Ramones, and even Zeppelin who gave special permission to use "The Immigrant Song" which is used to full effect. The performances by the entire cast are fantastic. Sarah Silverman, Kyle Gass, and lots of very talented young people all appear. And these kids all play their own instruments, too.

Bonus features are generous, and include Black and the kids begging Zeppelin to use "The Immigrant Song". Insightful behind-the-scenes features concentrate on the kids, and they seem so happy to be taking part in this film and the music.

This film is fun for the entire family, perhaps the only Black film that is appropriate for that. Most importantly, it will give kids an appreciation for the greatest music in the world: rock and roll. And a healthy dose of stickin' it to the man!

5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2005
Without a doubt one of the best comedies ever made. Hopefully they'll make a sequel. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon September 29, 2005
This film rocks from beginning to end.Jack Black grabs you by the short hairs,sits you down and throughly entertains from start to finish.And he doesn't disappoint one iota.
The story involves Blacks'character who has been sponging off of his best friend for a long time owing a fairly handsome sum in back rent.He is totally devoted to his world of rock music and making it big there.The day the band HE formed boots HIM from it he intercepts a call meant for his roommate asking to substitute teach for an indetermined time.Needing cash yesterday he impersonates his friend and takes the job "for him".
His first couple of days are routine and he is coasting along when he learns most of his "pupils" are very musically inclined.From that moment on he is hell bent on teaching these musical prodigies all about the true meaning of rock,its' playing and to enter them in a "battle of the bands" he originally wanted to enter with his own band before he was turfed out.
In the end he inevitably comes clean but by this time the students,parents,fellow teachers and principal are all won over.
This is a movie that fits Black to a tee.The character he plays is someone we probably know,have known or have been at one time or another.And it is someone not only with a big heart but someone who can both play(pretty good) AND knows his subject matter(rock),like the devotee he has always been.And his enthusiasm is infectious not only to his fellow charcters on screen but carries over into we the audience....and it is a delight to watch.Just watching Black and his facial contortions throughout is enough to have you laughing out loud.Not so much that they are funny in and of themselves but what makes the impact greater is that Black makes us believe so much in his characterization.
In conclusion this movie is certainly a must see and own.It's a movie that Jack Black definitely shines in and steals totally and unabashedly.It's his very best to date.
He has a strong supporting cast and his "students" will really impress you musically.The DVD itself is available in both widescreen(this edition and my preferred format) and full screen in a seperate edition.It has many extras and should please most everyone.
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on September 14, 2011
Although I have seen this movie and I was not pleased what Jack Black thinks rock music is educational. If he has rock band experience, then he should think about being in the television show Camp Rock. Unless they make a movie called Rock Band Camp, Jack Black would play a camp councelour.
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This movie was a great entertainment, if a little far-fetched. There were heart-wrenching times and good laughs. If you want to cheer for the underdog, this movie is for you.
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on November 11, 2013
Good for kids and teenagers,
also for rock music lovers.
Good performance by Jack Black.
Funny and inspirational ways of teaching.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2004
This movie was great! I am a child but my parents also liked it. They could relate to some of the older songs and I got to hear them played out and not just out of their mouths. They featured some great songs from some great bands that existed during my parents younger days. It was one of the best movies that I ever saw. It has inspired me to pick up guitar and drum lessons. Jack Black was exceptional but the kids were better than exceptional. They were soooo cool! Most of the lines in the movie were great but some were just lame-o. I hope that someday I can write a great movie like this one. Oh, and the kids commentaries were funny .
Hope you get to enjoy this movie with your family soon.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2004
A fun, rock and roll movie that both kids and adults will enjoy! Follow along while Jack Black undergoes a transformation from wanna-be rocker who's really a loser, to someone who finds meaning in his life teaching rock and roll (under false pretenses) to private school kids. The kids and Jack both learn big "life lessons", but most of all, learn to trust one another and find their places in the world. I really enjoyed this one--give it a try if you haven't already.
Also has lots of worth-while extras on the DVD.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2004
First off, I have read many reviews that do not seem to like the style of comedy that star Jack Black performs. A word of advice: if you are not a fan of Black, then do not buy or rent this movie, because you will not like it. For those who can appreciate his wild humour and off-the-wall antics, then you should love "School of Rock", because this truly is the unleashing of Black.
He plays an out of work musician, one who still believes in the greatness of rock, when he scams his way into becoming a substitue teacher at an upscale prep school. Quickly seeing the talent in the kids he is teaching when observing one of their music classes, he decides to make all their classes about music, in hopes of grooming the kids into rock stars so they may compete at the battle of the bands. Sure, Black is only using the kids for personal gain, but there is something about his interaction with the younger ones that would make most parents happy to have him as a teacher for their children. He sees the potential in all of them, and this eventually endears him to the future Harvard and Yale students.
The music in this film is great, and the producers even managed to get songs played from notoriously difficult acts like Led Zeppelin and Metallica. There is even a sequence on the DVD where Jack Black is begging Led Zeppeling to allow them to use "The Immigrant Song". Black is an excellent musician, as shown by his work with Tenacious D, but it is the kids here that really show their musical chops. All of them are excellent at the instruments they play, some of them to impressive heights. Also, they manage to act really well, which seems to be the biggest problem with kids movies, is that the kids couldn't act to save their lives. But it is different here, aside from a couple understandably hammy performances, and by the end of the film we really like all of them.
"School of Rock" really is a kids movie, and I know it would have been a film I would have loved when I was young. But because of Black, there are laughs to be had here for any ages, and this is rare for a film to cross age brackets like that. The last one that comes to mind is "Shrek".
So I reccomend this film because the music is great, the kids are excellent, and Black is absolutely insane as he likes to be. Director Richard Linklater has another hit on his hands, extending his string of great movies that are simply enjoyable to watch.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2006
Jack Black infiltrates a school where rigorous skill in classical music is practised (what planet does this scriptwriter live on?) and forces the kids to ignore their cultural background; to ignore experimentation, personality or any quirks that might make the music interesting; to believe the only good music is white rock from the USA or UK from 1965 to about 1980.

If you want to really Stick it to the Man (overpaid actors and rock stars), don't see the Rolling Stones and don't this movie.
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