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School of Rock (2003)

The School of Rock (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Family, Music | 3 October 2003 (USA)
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After being kicked out of a rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of a strict elementary private school, only to try and turn it into a rock band.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Veronica Afflerbach ...
Angelo Massagli ...
Freddy Jones (as Kevin Clark)


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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He just landed the gig of his life: 4th grade. See more »


Comedy | Family | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

School of Rock  »


Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,622,714, 5 October 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Freddy Jones' name is the same as the character from Scooby Doo. See more »


Just prior to the band prayer, when the kids put their hands in the middle, in one shot Tomika is very quick to put her hand in the middle. In the close-up of the hands her hand is one of the last to be put in the middle. See more »


Dewey Finn: In the words of AC/DC: We roll tonight... to the guitar bite... and for those about to rock... I salute you.
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Crazy Credits

The "School Of Rock" band jams throughout the closing credits. See more »


Referenced in Conan: The Mistletoe Manifesto (2010) See more »


by Jonathan Richman
Performed by Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group
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Maybe it's not intelligent - but it's funny and it rocks!
10 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Glancing at what other people have written about this movie, it seems that these individuals are taking this film a bit too seriously. Worrying about the "messages" this movie is delivering? Come on, there is no way that the con that Jack Black's character pulls off could ever get far in the real world! I don't think any sane person watching this movie would take this seriously. This is a comedy, for crying out loud, made to make us laugh!

I thought Black was fine in this movie. Sure, maybe his character is a little one-note with his proclamations of "rock on" and "stick it to the man", but Black somehow manages to do it over and over without being boring. He's unbelievably energetic AND versatile, delivering these same things in different ways each time that prevent the movie from getting into a rut. I think it's safe to say that only Black himself could have made this role work so well.

There is plenty of humor and great music. Even my senior citizen parents kept laughing, and told me after it was over that they enjoyed the rock soundtrack as well. It's a great movie for the whole family. Why was this rated PG-13? Sure, there are some references to stuff like alcohol and groupies, but they are not emphasized at all in their brief passing - and your kids will already have seen these kind of things treated much worse elsewhere! In fact, here in British Columbia, the ratings board gave it a "G" rating.

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