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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 his rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of an uptight elementary private school, only to try and turn his class into a rock band.

Director:

Richard Linklater

Writer:

Mike White
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Black ... Dewey Finn
Adam Pascal ... Theo
Lucas Papaelias ... Neil
Chris Stack ... Doug
Sarah Silverman ... Patty Di Marco
Mike White ... Ned Schneebly
Lucas Babin ... Spider
Joan Cusack ... Rosalie Mullins
Jordan-Claire Green ... Michelle
Veronica Afflerbach Veronica Afflerbach ... Eleni
Miranda Cosgrove ... Summer Hathaway
Joey Gaydos Jr. ... Zack
Robert Tsai ... Lawrence
Angelo Massagli Angelo Massagli ... Frankie
Kevin Alexander Clark ... Freddy Jones (as Kevin Clark)
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After being kicked out of his rock band, guitarist Dewey Finn faces a mountain of debts and depression. He shares an apartment with an old band member, Ned Schneebly, who is now a substitute teacher. Dewey accepts a job as a substitute teacher at a snobbish private elementary school where his attitude and hijinx have a powerful result on his students. He learns they are talented young musicians, and he decides to form a rock band with them to win the $10,000 prize money in a local band contest. Once Dewey wins a competition called "Battle of the Bands", the prize money would solve his financial problems and put him back in the rock music spotlight. Written by Steve Shedloski

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Mr. Black. Accept no substitute. Come on feel the noize. See more »

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Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Early in filming, an insecure Robert Tsai approached director Richard Linklater and tried to talk him out of letting him be in the film because he felt he wasn't right for the part. Linklater responded that it was his very insecurity that made him exactly right for the part, and kept him in. Ironically, Tsai's character, Lawrence, has a very similar conversation with Dewey Finn (Mr. S) about not feeling right for his part in the band. See more »

Goofs

Dewey mispronounces Rush drummer Neil Peart's last name as "pert" instead of Peart's preferred pronunciation of "peert". This is a very common mistake. See more »

Quotes

[during a jam session that takes place over the film's closing credits, Zack performs a "face melter" on his electric guitar. Dewey appears next to him with his face contorted]
Dewey Finn: Dude, is my face okay? I think you melted it off.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

In the theatrical version of the film, the performance by School of Rock during the end credits is changed. Originally, after several solos, Dewey tells Katie she does not get one, as bassists don't get solos and that's just how it works. This was changed for the DVD and TV versions: Dewey does not tell Katie that bassists don't get solos and she does not assume she gets one anyhow. See more »


Soundtracks

My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes To Bitburg)
by Jean Beauvoir, Dee Dee Ramone (as Colvin Douglas) & Joey Ramone (as Jeff Hyman)
Performed by Ramones (as The Ramones)
Courtesy of Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Jack Black is Back! Better than Ever!
18 December 2004 | by babiedol12See all my reviews

Finally! Somebody has done right by Jack Black. Somebody has actually made a movie where Jack Black can be the man and show off his talents. This is Jack Black at his best and I feel privileged to be alive while this guy's star continues to skyrocket!

Dewey Finn (Jack Black) loves rock and roll. He is the consummate fan who knows every worthwhile group and song. He is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist in his own band called "No Vacancy." But other members of the group have grown tired of his immature stage antics, such as 20-minute solos and stage-dives. They vote him out and hire someone to replace him for an upcoming Battle of the Bands contest.

Downcast and distraught, Dewey doesn't know what to do. Plus, his usually patient roommate Ned (Mike White), a schoolteacher, is being pressured by his aggressive girlfriend (Sarah Silverman) to make Dewey pay the money he owes for rent or get out. When a call comes in to Ned asking him to serve as a substitute teacher at the prestigious Horace Green Elementary School, Dewey decides to assume his identity and take the job.

Of course, faced with a class of fifth-graders all nicely clothed in their school uniforms, this rocker doesn't have a clue as to what to do. So he tells them to chill out and enjoy some downtime. This scheme works for a little while but then Dewey visits the orchestra class. Lights go off in his head and bingo! -- the new class project is to form a rock band. He decides to teach them everything he knows about rock with lectures on its history, the evils of "The Man," and the essentials of playing rock songs.

Dewey's spirits are lifted when he realizes that there are some talented musicians in the class including Zack (Joey Gaydos, Jr.), the lead guitarist; Katie (Rebecca Brown) on bass; and Lawrence (Robert Tsai) on keyboards. Freddy (Kevin Clark), the class rebel, turns out to be an eager learner on drums, and Tomika (Maryam Hassan) surprises him with her unusual singing talent. The smartest girl in the class, Summer (Miranda Cosgrove), gets her chance to excel as band manager while others serve as back-up singers, special effects wizard, head of security, and the official selectors of the band's name.

The humor quotient of the film is heightened by the funny performance of Joan Cusack as the uptight and unlocked principal of Horace Green Elementary School. When Dewey discovers that she is a secret fan of Fleetwood Mac, they are able to connect as friends. The rock fan gets his wish when he has the class entered in the local Battle of the Bands. By the end of this rollicking film, you'll happily be chanting, "For those about to rock, we salute you!"

Overall: 9/10


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Language:

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Release Date:

3 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,622,714, 5 October 2003

Gross USA:

$81,261,177

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$131,095,614
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1.85 : 1
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