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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »



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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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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:

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


$81,257,845 (USA) (27 February 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dewey's guitar is a Gibson SG Standard. See more »


The title of the movie is "School of Rock". The only time it is referred to as "The School of Rock" is a neon sign at the very beginning. The directors commentary addresses the titling error and specifically states that the title is "School of Rock." See more »


Dewey Finn: Does anyone play drums?
Freddy: I play percussion.
Frankie: Yea, that's cause he couldn't play anything else!
Freddy: Shut up!
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Crazy Credits

The first few opening credits are on a guy's jacket and various posters in a rock club. See more »


Heal Me, I'm Heartsick
by Craig Wedren
Performed by No Vacancy
Produced by George Drakoulias
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Sound of Music
9 January 2006 | by (canada) – See all my reviews

Has anyone noticed that School Of Rock is like a modern, rock version, and 10-millions times better version of Sound Of Music? Both are about a teacher who spends time with a small group of kids and inspires true music in them. Anyone who is 50-90 years old loves the Sound of Music, as a member of the younger generation today I think it's safe to say The School of Rock is the "Sound of Music" version of the new millennia, because I doubt another movie in the next 100 or maybe even 1000 years with the same plot (teacher inspiring kids with music) will do better than School Of Rock, just like no movie between 1900-2000 did better than the Sound Of Music in this regard.

Jack Black's passion for the music is obviously sincere and true, just like the teacher lady in the Sound Of Music passionately cared about music and proceeded to teach the children the basic of doe ray memes while running through grassy fields. The Sound Of Music is the mushy Brady Bunch goody goody corny serious set-in-world war II version (which can be enjoyable), the School Of Rock is the hard and humorous and much more up to date version. In the Sound Of Music the main character's main plight was surviving the harsh realities of Nazi World War II along with her love interest; in the School Of Rock, Jack Black's main plight is to survive the commercialization of music (instead of Nazism), i.e. getting kicked off his own band while his band members replaced him with a gorgeous dude with a great body who is more marketable, and seeing that today's elementary kids are fed nothing but crap music. See how it is all modernized more up to date? Basically, the School of Rock ROCKS!

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