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School of Rock (2003)

The School of Rock (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Family, Music | 3 October 2003 (USA)
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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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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Mr. Black. Accept no substitute. Come on feel the noize. See more »

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Comedy | Family | Music

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

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$81,257,845 (USA) (27 February 2004)
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All parents' cars are Volvos. See more »

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When putting the drum kit away, the Hi-hat is missing. See more »

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Dewey Finn: Listen! You can't leave. You haven't heard our band.
Battle of the Bands director: Sorry, the bill is full. We're already overbooked.
Dewey Finn: No, let us just play one song. We're all here, we're ready to go.
Battle of the Bands director: [looks at the kids] Who are they?
Dewey Finn: They're my band.
Battle of the Bands director: Kids? What is this, some kind of gimmick?
Dewey Finn: No, it's not a gimmick. I know, they're kids, but they're awesome. Just listen!
Battle of the Bands director: Look, thanks for comin' down, but you're really not what we're looking for.
Dewey Finn: [throws his chair across the floor] You listen to me! These kids have worked their...
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The first few opening credits are on a guy's jacket and various posters in a rock club. See more »


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Chain Of Fools
by Don Covay
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Unbelievably - does what it says on the packet
18 February 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A quick glance at the story or trailer tells you that School of Rock is probably the cheesiest, gratuitous, airhead excuse for a movie in ages, but if you thought that was a good reason to avoid it you'd be wrong. Jack Black plays the slightly past it rocker, stuck in a groove of 70s heavy metal rock and roll and refusing to move on – until his (more up to date) band fire him. Struggling to pay the rent, he takes a phone call intended for his schoolteacher flatmate and accepts a job as supply teacher at a top school. Soon he has the kids not only studying the history of rock and roll, soundproofing the room and playing rock instruments, but actually competing in a major ‘Battle of the Bands' competition.

Unbelievable? Yes. What's more unbelievable is that somehow the whole thing works – Jack Black's over-the-top enthusiasm for his subject is contagious, the edge-of-disaster suspense is continued throughout the length of the movie, and by the end the audience is so desperate to see how the kids (who they all play their own instruments by the way) perform in the concert that seat wetting would probably go unnoticed. Joan Cusack, as the gobsmacked headmistress, delivers a performance that is worth the price of your cinema ticket in itself. Achieving such tears-down-the cheeks laughter and adrenalin-packed excitement for air guitar music is nothing short of miraculous.

School of Rock is a movie that promises entertainment and delivers. Everything is as it says on the packet. For sheer feelgood factor, this movie is unbeatable – and you can even take the kids!


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