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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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When struggling musician Dewey Finn finds himself out of work, he takes over his roommate's job as an elementary school substitute teacher and turns class 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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Rated PG-13 for some rude humor and drug references | See all certifications »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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

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

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When Dewey is about to leave No Vacancy, he points his guitar over his shoulder. In the next shot his guitar is by his side. See more »

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Dewey Finn: [on sticking it to "The Man"] Yes! But, you can't just say it, man. You've gotta feel it in your blood and guts! If you wanna rock, you gotta break the rules. You gotta get mad at the man! And right now, I'm the man. That's right, I'm the man, and who's got the guts to tell me off? Huh? Who's gonna tell me off?
Freddy: Shut the hell up, Schneebly!
Dewey Finn: That's it Freddy, that's it! Who can top him?
Alicia: Get outta here, stupidass.
Dewey Finn: Yes, Alicia!
Summer Hathaway: You're a joke, you're the worst teacher I've ever had!
Dewey Finn: Summer, that is ...
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Shortly after that, the band sings: The movie is over Credits got to roll Look at that name there I do not know that guy See more »

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References Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same (1976) 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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Great, hilarious performance by Jack Black
15 November 2004 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Dewey Finn is a lazy freeloader and a guitarist in a rock band who plays gigs every night and sleeps every day, in his friend Ned Schneebly's apartment. One day as he shows up late for band practice he notices a new guitar player who is replacing him. Poor Dewey feels so bad about it and also about Ned and his girlfriend threatening to kick him out since he doesn't pay any of the bills. After a few days of trying to sell his guitars, which doesn't go very well, the head of a school calls and asks for Ned Schneebly, who is a talented substitute teacher with a good reputation. In a desperate attempt to getting money fast, Dewey impersonates Ned and conveniently finds himself the teacher of a third grade ( or something like that ) class for several weeks ahead. Yet another one of his crazy ideas strikes him and his plan to turn his class into a rockband to win the Battle of the Bands competition is set in motion.

School Of Rock is a great feel-good comedy, fun for just about anyone of any age, kids or adults. Jack Black does carry a lot of this film on his own but I won't be too harsh on the kids in the movie, they did very well also. If anyone else should play Dewey Finn rather than Jack, it just wouldn't be the same. Since Jack is actually in a rock band in real life, and has played a few characters in films before who are also into music, he just seemed to fit right into this film. His real passion for rock music helps a lot in this film, and makes Dewey Finn one hell of a good character. The plot to this film is really good I think and Mike White did a great job on the screenplay. As did Linklater on the direction of the film.

This comedy should not be ignored just because there are kids in it, I enjoyed it a hell of a lot and you probably will too.

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