"School of Rock" has been called formulaic, predictable, silly, etc. What it hasn't been called is boring or uninteresting. That's what makes this movie so great. Even though you pretty much know what is going to happen through all of the film, you enjoy every minute of it. From Black's idiotic Dewey character to his outrageous scheme to find lost rock glory, this entire film entertains. With a solid supporting cast and brilliant young actors and actresses, this film is worth the price.
Much like with "Shallow Hal," Black shows us that being the geeky kid or the quiet kid or the chubby kid doesn't matter as long as you believe in yourself and enjoy what you do. Black takes a bunch of kids with insecurities and turns them into a group of confident youngsters who rock with the best of them.
Overall, this is a really great feel-good flick that most of the family can enjoy. There is a little language, but other than that, Black keeps the movie pretty clean.
I recommend it to folks who like classic rock, family comedy, or the erratic stylings of Jack Black.
Jack Black plays a rock musician that gets kicked out of his band prior to the big battle of the bands contest. Unable to hold a job, Jack is pressured to pay up or get out by his best friends wife (Jack rents a room from them). Other than his music, Jack has no ambition towards work until he happens to answer the phone from his friend. It seems a school needs a substitute teacher and will pay well for Jack friend's services. Jack pretends to be his friend and goes to the school posing as his friend. … more
THE SCHOOL OF ROCK is about a man named Dewey Finn who just won't "grow up." Dewey has been doing odd jobs the last several years, living off his roommate and best friend, all so he can keep playing with his band and eventually get their big break. Then, one of the younger members of the band has a mutiny and kicks Dewey out. Dewey is despondent and after being seriously threatened to be thrown out of his apartment, he takes a job as a substitute music teacher at a high class private school pretending … more
Jack Black plays a rock musician that gets kicked out of his band prior to the big battle of the bands contest. Unable to hold a job, Jack is pressured to pay up or get out by his best friends wife (Jack rents a room from them). Other than his music, Jack has no ambition towards work until he happens to answer the phone from his friend. It seems a school needs a substitute teacher and will pay well for Jack friend's services. Jack pretends to be his friend and goes to the school posing as his friend.The … more
The School of Rock is a very funny movie. Jack Black is wonderful as Dewey Finn, a person posing as an elementary school teacher after he is kicked out of a rock band. I loved how Jack Black helps the kids in his class bring out their musical talents. He makes a class of 5th graders feel good about themselves through music. I was impressed by how talented the kids in the movie are especially the guitar player Zach. Joan Cusack is perfectly cast as the strict principal. One of my favorite scenes … more
School of Rock will forever embody what Jack Black may have been, if not for a little band known as Tenacious D. In a world... Where Dewey needs a job...and no one will hire him because he's a rock-loving, stoner...until he impersonates his room-mate...to sub in a preppy, private school's music class...comes: "School of Rock!" Jack Black was made for this movie and visa-versa. He is given the space he needs to go rampant with his wild antics of rockacious fortitude; Like Robin Williams as an auction … more
Pros: Jack Black, Mike White, Joan Cusack, adorable children, music, hilarious! Cons: plot is kinda weird, stereotyped kids The Bottom Line: Jack Black is about to rock, and I salute him. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. The trailers for School of Rock made it look like a mildly amusing comedy. But when I found out that it was written by Mike White ( Chuck and Buck, The Good Girl), I … more
Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more
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Turbo-charged comic Jack Black shakesSchool of Rockto its foundations, wailing with born-again metalhead passion as Dewey Finn, a guitarist who gets kicked out of a band because he grandstands too much--or, to put it another way, enjoys himself. Through an intercepted phone call, Finn gets a job as a substitute teacher for a fifth grade class at a private grade school. Neither students nor teacher quite know what to do with each other until Finn discovers that some of his young charges can play instruments; at once he starts turning them into a blistering rock & roll troupe that can crush his former band at an upcoming competition.School of Rockis silly and formulaic, but director Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused), writer Mike White (The Good Girl), and especially Black and co-star Joan Cusack invest the formulas with such glee that the movie is irresistibly fun.--Bret Fetzer