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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 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dewey Finn
... Theo
... Neil
... Doug
... Patty Di Marco
... Ned Schneebly
... Spider
... Rosalie Mullins
... Michelle
Veronica Afflerbach ... Eleni
... Summer Hathaway
... Zack
... Lawrence
Angelo Massagli ... Frankie
... Freddy Jones (as Kevin Clark)
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Storyline

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 | Music

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

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Paramount | UIP France [France]

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3 October 2003 (USA)  »

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School of Rock  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,622,714, 5 October 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$81,261,177

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$131,282,949
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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 »

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After Dewey and Miss Mullins go to the bar, Dewey is heard singing and snapping his fingers as he drives. However, you can see through the windshield that both of his hands are on the steering wheel and he is not snapping his fingers. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Lemmons: Would you care to join us, Mr. Schneebly?
Dewey Finn: Yeah.
Mrs. Lemmons: Did I say that correctly? "Schneebly"?
Dewey Finn: Actually, it's "Schnayblay".
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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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by Warren Fitzgerald & Mike White
Performed by No Vacancy
Produced by George Drakoulias
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Great, hilarious performance by Jack Black
15 November 2004 | by 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.

9/10


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