School of Rock

Musician Dewey Finn gets a job as a fourth-grade substitute teacher, where he secretly begins teaching his students the finer points of rock ‘n’ roll.

Year: 2003
Certificate: PG
Runtime: 1hr 49m
Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Jack BlackJoan CusackMike WhiteSarah SilvermanLee WilkofKate McGregor-StewartAdam PascalSuzzanne DouglasMiranda CosgroveKevin Alexander ClarkJoey Gaydos Jr.Robert TsaiVeronica AfflerbachJordan-Claire Green

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The School of Rock….Rocks!

There’s a lot to be said about a movie that can make you genuinely smile while delivering a decent story and be packed with likable characters and the Jack Black driven 2003 music masterpiece does just that.

After getting kicked out of his band 30-something ‘rocker’ Dewey Finn is broke, unable to pay his rent and is getting pressured from his supply teacher roommate’s girlfriend to come up with the cash. Dewey intercepts a phone call intended for his roommate about some substitute teaching work and decides to take the job himself!

Once settled into his new role he soon discovers his class is filled with talented musicians and decides to form a band to try and beat his former band at the upcoming Battle of the Bands show.

Ok the plot isn’t the most dense but it doesn’t need to be. “School of Rock” does something few Jack Black flicks do and that’s let him be himself with a familiar background and a talented cast for support. By that I mean it really plays into all of Jack Black’s strengths and exploits them in a way no other movie of his had done before, or since.

Every scene is popping and vibrant and the music of course is outstanding, catchy and will stay in your head for weeks. Most credit of all goes to the young cast. They all play their roles exceptionally and none of them feel inauthentic or forced which can often be the case with inexperienced child actors.

I’m sure by now most of you have already seen “School of Rock” but it’s always worth a revisit.

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