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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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We shall teach Rock & Roll to the world! 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?


During the class lectures, Dewey shows a slide-show that features a picture of the Ramones. In the end credits scene, Zack is wearing a Ramones t-shirt, showing how thoroughly he has changed from the beginning. See more »


When No Vacancy are playing at the start of the movie, you can see the drummer hit the crash, yet no sound is made. See more »


Dewey Finn: [alerted that Miss Mullins is approaching, Dewey starts writing on the chalkboard] ... And therefore, E=MC2. Oh, Miss Mullins, come in.
Miss Mullins: I'm sorry to interupt but Miss Lemmons said she heard music coming from the classroom.
Dewey Finn: Music? Uh, music. I haven't heard any music. Uh oh, you know what, Miss Lemmons must be on crack, right, kids?
Miss Mullins: Uh, well, what's that?
[Points at guitar]
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Crazy Credits

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


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Set You Free
by Dan Auerbach & Patrick J. Carney (as Patrick Carney)
Performed by The Black Keys
Courtesy of Fat Possum Records, LLC
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Tailored for Jack Black
11 November 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

After being fired from his own band, the guitar player Dewey Finn (Jack Black) needs to raise some money to pay for his rent and his bills. When his friend and school teacher Ned Schneebly (Mike White) is called to a temporary work in an expensive private school, Dewey pretends to be Ned and accepts the job. He finds talented young musicians in his class, and he decides to form a rock-and-roll band with the students and win a competition called "Battle of Bands" to raise the prize and be recognized in the show business.

"The School of Rock" is a very funny and politically incorrect comedy tailored for Jack Black. He steals the movie and rocks in the role of a rock-and-roll lover, who dreams to be successful as a guitar player. Most of the lines belong to him, and I believe this movie is his best individual performance in his successful career. Joan Cusack is excellent as usual, and Miranda Cosgrove seems to have potential and be a great promise as actress. The soundtrack is a great homage to rock-and-roll, with many classics including Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song". The DVD is full of worthwhile Extras, and in the end this film is an excellent funny entertainment. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Escola de Rock" ("School of Rock")

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