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Down and out rock guitarist and vocalist Dewey Finn (Black) takes a job as a 4th grade substitute teacher at an uptight private school where his free livin' lifestyle, attitude, music and antics soon influences the students to explore other sides of themselves the school doesn't encourage. Finn's recruits a 9-year-old music prodigies, Zack, Kevin, and a cast of others to become a part of his band which would be able to win a "battle of bands", solving Finn's money problems and re-establishing him as a respected rocker.

Jack Black, one of Hollywood's hottest comedic commodities, returns to the big screen in this comedy which follows the life of an over-zealous rock guitarist. From beginning to end this movie keeps a degree of coolness which doesn't fade as the storyline unfolds. This is the first kid movie that parents will like more than their children. Jack Black perfectly portrays the teacher we all wish we had when we were in grade school. Although the movie is filled with many clichés (uptight prep school and free-livin teacher, principal everyone is afraid of, etc), it's entertainment value, solid storyline, and excellent direction turn this film into an instant classic. After watching the movie you just wonder aloud "Why didn't I think of that?". The script is simple yet absolutely perfect in every way. 

The true genius of this film is that it isn't dumbed down for the masses. The movie keeps a degree of sophistication by having the kids remain stubborn, uncertain, insecure and basically kidlike throughout the film. Richard Linklater the genious behind Dazed and Confused does it again by making a family movie which empowers young children, too cool and cute for modern parents, and simply a joy to watch for everyone else. 

The nice thing about keeping the film simple and to the point is that it allows Jack Black and his supporting cast (mostly 4th graders) to take center stage. Jack Black simply shines on the screen by convincingly portraying a realistic person rather than a Hollywood oddity. The movie also does a good job of incorporating different personalities/characters into the band while maintaining their loyalty as a group to the band. 

Although the movie was given a PG-13 rating, there is no way most parents and their kids wouldn't be delighted after seeing this movie with each other. This is probably the best family movie since Finding Nemo. No matter your age, sex, or ethnicity, you will find The School of Rock to be a well-paced comedic masterpiece with outstanding performances and lots of laughs.

See this movie if you're a fan of:

Finding Nemo (2003)

Daddy Day Care (2003)

Shallow Hal (2001)

Richard Linklater (Director, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise)

Jack Black (Actor, Shallow Hal, Ice Age, Saving Silverman)

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Box Office Info:

Jack Black (as Dewey Finn)
Joan Cusack (as Principal Mullins)
Mike White (as Ned Schneebly)
Sarah Silverman (as Patty)
Joey Gaydos (as Zack, lead guitarist)
Maryam Hassan (as Tomika, shy singer)
Kevin Alexander Clark (as Kevin the drummer)
Rebecca Brown (Katie, the bass player)
Robert Tsai (Lawerence, Keyboard player)
Miranda Cosgrove (Summer Hathaway, Band Manager)

Directed By: Richard Linklater
Written By: Mike White
Produced By: Paramount Pictures

Release Date (US): October 3, 2003

Length of Movie: 1h 48min

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some rude humor and drug references.

Filming Locations: Buckley Country Day School (NY), Los Angeles (CA), Staten Island (NY), St George Theatre in Staten Island (NY), Rahway (NJ), Wagner College.

Budget: $20,000,000

Opening Weekend: $19,622,714

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1. Substitute - The Who
2. Under Pressure - David Bowie
3. Touch Me - The Doors
4. Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream
5. Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin
6. Set You Free - The Black Keys
7. Edge Of Seventeen - Stevie Nicks
8. Heal Me, I'm Heartsick - No Vacancy
9. Ballroom Of Mars - T. Rex
10. My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes To Bitburg) - The Ramones
11. TV Eye - Wylde Rattz
12. Growing On Me - The Darkness
13. It's A Long Way To The Top - School Of Rock

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