School of Rock

 (10,082)7.11 h 49 min2003X-RayPG-13
Jack Black stars as a guitarist with delusions of grandeur. Kicked out of his band and looking for work, he becomes a substitute teacher and turns his class into rock and rollers.
Directors
Richard Linklater
Starring
Jack BlackJoan CusackMike White
Genres
Comedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Adam Pascal
Producers
Scott RudinScott AversanoSteve Nicolaides
Studio
Paramount Pictures
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentsmokingsubstance useviolence
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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MarkReviewed in the United States on October 29, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is a great little movie
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This is a great little movie. What makes it so, is that there is comedy here involving a bit of subterfuge and obsession with being a musician on the part of Jack Black's character, Dewey. But the comedy doesn't rely on forced gags, bathroom humor or uncomfortable moments (which I generally don't find humorous), it relies on Black's likeable but preposterous character who remains unabashedly focused on doing his thing and accomplishing his goal in the face of whatever arises in his path, by using whatever charm, wit, fraud or heart he can muster to make his dream happen. Other top humorous moments come from kids being kids of all different kinds and Dewey dealing with them, and in some ways Dewey is more of a kid than any of them, but he has a good heart and passion, and he ends up really caring about the kids. I have no reservations about my 10 year old watching this, and he and my 13 year old boy loved it.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on May 20, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
The children are the future and Rock n Roll can change their lives
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School of Rock was a family comedy featuring Jack Black as Dewey a washed up Rock guitarist who out of desperation poses as his roommate and becomes a substitute teacher at a prestigious private school. There he decides to manipulate his students into forming a rock band to compete at the annual battle of the bands, but then he comes to appreciate each student for their talents and who they are. This film easily appeals to both adults and children with the music and jokes.

When Dewey sees his students in music class, he decides that he’ll make them into a rock band. Unknowingly he discovers each one of his students is talented. He finds a guitarist, a bassist, a drummer, but he even gives parts to the non-musicians such as band manager, stylist, roadies, etc. At first, this is all for his own selfish needs to play in the battle of the bands, but as time goes by he comes to see how special each one of his students is. Not only that he but teaches them about Rock history, sticking it to the Man, and other topics popular in Rock culture trying to forge a group of individuals who won’t do what society tells them to. Not only that he gets the kids to believe that music can change the world. Some of them become more confident as a result. Together they make some great music. A lot of great fun is had in the process.
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Stella CarrierReviewed in the United States on December 31, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
School of Rock Was A Bargain Buy For Me Because
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The film School of Rock touches on the character of Dewey Finn (Jack Black) indirectly being tempted to resort to extremely drastic measures to make a loving money/job career wise shortly after finding out that he is being forced to look for another opportunity outside of his original rock band and after both his roommate Ned Schneebly (Mike White) and the roommate’s girlfriend Patty DiMarco (Sarah Silverman) give Dewey Finn notice of the brief timeframe that he has remaining to come up with essential rent money. Dewey Finn sees his chance when Principal Rosalie Mullins (Joan Cusack) calls for his roommate Schneebly because she is looking for someone to fill a temporary substitute teacher position. It is obvious why Finn finds a way to get into doing this substitute teacher position, however School of Rock touches on heartwarming plot events that show how Finn ends up being both touched spiritually and taught in multiple ways by the students that he is originally meant to teach (played by multiple actors/actresses). The film does feature references to multiple classic rock musicians and even feature brief music snippets from Cream and Led Zeppelin. However, School of Rock is still enjoyable to watch even if you are a complete novice to classic rock music because of the uplifting plot elements of the film and the theme of redemption. I admit that I became curious about this film after seeing it referenced on the website University of the People The Education Revolution.
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Gregory Thomas BogosianReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Its Jack Black starting a rock band with kids from a prep school.
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Your set up is that Jack Black plays Dewey Finn, a washed up rock musician who impersonates his friend, a substitute teacher, to make money for rent by teaching a prestigious private school. He realizes that his students are musically gifted and decides to enter into a Battle of the Bands contest.

Cons: Dewey got off too easy committing fraud and stealing his best friends identity and sabotaging the children's education.

Pro: The acting is excellent. Jack Black is the loud, grandiose, lovable oaf that I expect him to play. The child actors feel like the people they are supposed to feel like. The music is great if you are a hard rock person. There is actually a good moral about how its important to recognize talent and value in others because not everything is about you.

Final verdict: 4 out of 5. Its not the best picture. Not even the best one directed by Richard Linklater. But I in no way regret seeing it. I don't think that you will either.
WadeReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not nearly as funny as I remember
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I like Jack Black, he's great - albeit in judicious doses - and I recall quite liking this film back when it came out, but I found myself not particularly impressed with it now. It's got some memorable funny bits, and the story is fairly warm and endearing, and even some of the characters / performances are well above average. Yet, it also has a few oddly unforced errors in the story-writing, and I found Jack Black's "Jack Blackness" to be a bit too much for me by the end (in a "too much of a good thing" sense).

Funnily enough, as I was watching it, I found myself wanting to instead [re]watch The Rocker. I guess because of the superficial similarity. So I guess that while I somewhat recommend this film - at least if you're comfortable with Jack Black on his most extreme setting - I might recommend The Rocker first.
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DMR008Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
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For this review, I'm assuming you have seen the movie (otherwise, why buy the dvd) and are considering owning a copy.

This is a fine DVD. It is not HD or Blue Ray, but it plays and looks great on my blue ray player.
There is really nothing wrong with the copy, and for that alone this would get 5 stars. But I rate dvds on their bonus material, especially the commentary, since this is where the added value is for me. And in this aspect, I think the value could be higher. The commentary was very half-assed. I don't mind the commentators goofing off or even digressing wildly - often this provides valuable insights into these personalities. But I expect a certain amount of discussion of the film, its production, the development of the story, the actors' interpretation of and improvisation with their roles, etc. The commentary section was very mediocre. Not bad, just not great. Hence 4 stars. If I was rating just the commentary, It'd be 2 stars.

The redeeming qualities come with the many other special features: the kids have a commentary track, and the kids have a video diary of the showing of School of Rock at the Toronto film festival; there is a fun music video of a song one of the kids (in the story line), and other such features. I found the kid stuff really fun. So many of them were so delightful in the film, it was great to get a sense of their real personalities.

Hope this helps.
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LizzieReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great for the whole family
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This is one of those rare movies, like Shrek, that is entertaining for the entire family. There is good adult content, but nothing inappropriate if kids are watching. Great, inspiring storyline. The music is excellent. I enjoyed this movie way before I had kids, but now that I have them, we watch it together. Jack Black is awesome. I wish there were more high-quality movies like this in the world.
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jsarinoReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
a fun movie that you should see and listen
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I can't believe I never saw this film when it first came out, but it was well worth getting it on Blu-Ray. Since I never saw it in a theater, judging by the video quality between DVD and BD is definitely night and day. If I have any complaint, I wish they included the SWSX reunion they did a few years ago. In any case, a fun movie that you should see and listen!
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