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
Dewey's nickname for Freddy the drummer, "Spazzy McGee", is a reference to an early draft of the character in which Freddy is a spastic sufferer of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and can be seen taking Ritalin during class. See more »
When Dewey speaks to the battle of the band director, in one
shot Summer is looking towards the director, in the next she is looking towards the band (just prior to Dewey throwing the chair). See more »
With a Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney plot, this movie takes a terrific comic and musical turn and is a totally enjoyable, fun, and informative ride!
I liked that Jack Black always treated his students with positive reinforcement, which is really important if someone is ever to have the guts to go on stage. He was never down or discouraging unless it was a very funny down and
discouraging! And never about the students themselves.
I like Jack Black, I love this movie, and I love rock'n'roll above all else!
Forget the clichés. Let yourself have fun.
And stick it to the man!!!!!!
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