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School of Rock (2003)

The School of Rock (original title)
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After being kicked out of a rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of an uptight elementary private school, only to try and turn it into a rock band.

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Richard Linklater

Writer:

Mike White
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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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Storyline

After being kicked out of a rock band, Dewey Finn faces a mountain of debts and depression. He takes a job as a fourth grade substitute teacher at a private elementary school where his attitude and hijinx have a powerful result on his students. He also meets Zack Mooneyham, a 10-year-old guitar prodigy, who could help Dewey win a competition called "Battle of The Bands", which would solve his financial problems and put him back in the spotlight. Written by Steve Shedloski

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He just landed the gig of his life: 5th grade. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Paramount | UIP France [France]

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

School of Rock See more »

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Box Office

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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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In 2014, it was announced that Andrew Lloyd Webber was working on a musical adaptation of the film. It is set to head to Broadway in November 2015 at the Winter Garden Theater, starring Alex Brightman as Dewey Finn. See more »

Goofs

When No Vacancy are playing at the start of the movie, you can see the drummer hit the crash, yet no sound is made. See more »

Quotes

Rosalie Mullins: The thing is, Mr. Schneebly...
Dewey Finn: Please... call me Dewey.
Rosalie Mullins: [confused] Dewey?
Dewey Finn: [Realising his mistake] Ned. Ned. I was thinking of my other name. My middle name.
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Crazy Credits

The "School Of Rock" band jams throughout the closing credits. 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 »

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Soundtracks

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Sound of Music
9 January 2006 | by jakemsn4See 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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