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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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Storyline

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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band | teacher | guitar | student | class | See more »

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He just landed the gig of his life: 5th grade. See more »

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Comedy | Music

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$709,247 (Japan) (7 May 2004)
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Stephen Frears was originally approached to direct. See more »

Goofs

When Dewey asks Zach what he'd tell a bully, the clock's hand positions moves back and forth between shots. See more »

Quotes

Dewey Finn: [Assigning positions to the band members] Lead guitar... Zack Attack. On bass... Posh Spice. On keyboards, Mr. Cool. And on drums, Spazzy McGee. OK, Blondie, Brace Face, you're singing backup. All right, Tough Guy, Shortstop, Fancy Pants, get over here. You're on security detail.
Billy: Can I be the band stylist instead?
Dewey Finn: Of course you can, Fancy Pants. OK. Carrot Top, Roadrunner, Turkey Sub, we're gonna have a lot of equipment... And you three...
[looking at the three tiny girls]
Dewey Finn: groupies... As for me, ...
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The "School Of Rock" band jams throughout the closing credits. See more »

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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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