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

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, 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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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 | 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:

$19,622,714 (USA) (3 October 2003)


$709,247 (Japan) (7 May 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the band first starts learning Zack's song, Dewey hums a solo and asks Zack if it's cool that he rocks a solo there. The solo he hums is the exact solo he plays at the Battle of the Bands See more »


When the school band begins to play "School of Rock" there is a Hammond organ sound heard playing through a rotating Leslie speaker. Lawrence is playing the Yamaha keyboard and the Hammond and Leslie are behind him. See more »


Rosalie Mullins: [to the crowd of angry parents] I've just been informed that all of your children are missing.
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the credits, the song includes the lyrics: The movie is over but we're still on screen Everybody's rocking And we came from Horace Green See more »


References The Music Man (1962) See more »


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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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