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School of Rock (2003)
"The School of Rock" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Music  -  3 October 2003 (USA)
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A wannabe rock star in need of cash poses as a substitute teacher at a prep school, and tries to turn his class into a rock band.

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Down and out rock star Dewey Finn gets fired from his band, and he faces a mountain of debts and depression. He takes a job as a 4th grade substitute teacher at an uptight private school where his attitude and hijinx have a powerful effect on his students. He also meets Zack, a 10-year-old guitar prodigy, who could help Dewey win a "battle of the bands" competition, which would solve his financial problems and put him back in the spotlight. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for some rude humor and drug references | See all certifications »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$120,151 (Japan) (7 May 2004)

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$709,247 (Japan) (7 May 2004)
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All parents' cars are Volvos. See more »

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When the students are saying the "pledge to the band" with their hand over their heart, one girl (Caucasian, blonde hair in braided pig tails), uses her left hand instead of right. See more »

Quotes

[Dewey plays the song in the jukebox]
Rosalie Mullins: I LOVE THIS SONG!
Dewey Finn: Really?
Rosalie Mullins: Yes! Stevie Nicks!
Dewey Finn: Yeah... Stevie!
Rosalie Mullins: You know, she came to town and she did a concert and she was just so... wild! Oh my gosh! Oh!
Dewey Finn: Yeah, she put on the best show I've ever seen. And she is so much better live than she is on the album!
Rosalie Mullins: Yes, oh my gosh! No comparison!
Dewey Finn: You know, I'd like to take the kids to a concert.
Rosalie Mullins: Concert?
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Math Is A Wonderful Thing
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Jumpin' Jack Black, It's a Gas, Gas, Gas
7 October 2003 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. With so few good comedies these days, it was pure joy to laugh out loud a few times during this Jack Black showcase. Is he over the top? Absolutely. Is his humor and delivery similar to the great John Belushi? Yes, down to the arching eyebrows. And I say SO WHAT? Jack Black is hilarious in this movie and director Richard Linklater (the underappreciated gem "Dazed and Confused") uses his spot-on observations of Rock music and school days to deliver a wonderful film going experience. Writer Mike White ("The Good Girl") also plays Black's wimpy friend and former bandmate. Although his acting is fine, it is White's writing that will make him rich in Hollywood. The kids in the band are wonderfully cast and appear to be very talented musically as well. Special recognition to Joan Cusack, who just nails the role of the uptight private school principal who is just itching to be unleashed. I would have enjoyed a bit more of the Rock History tossed in for the sake of today's youngsters, but the tributes to Pete Townsend, Jimi Hendrix, Zeppelin and the Ramones are much appreciated. Look for Nikki Katt in a brief role, but mostly just sit back and enjoy a pure comedy that truly ROCKS!!


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