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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.

Director:

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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Details

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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The rock band Led Zeppelin are notoriously hesitant to allow their music to be licensed for commercial purposes. Knowing this, Richard Linklater filmed a plea by actor Jack Black in front of 1,000 screaming fans, imploring the band to let the production use the "Immigrant Song" in the movie. The plea worked and the filmed request is included on the DVD. Aptly enough, Jack Black introduced the band's three surviving members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, when they were the recipients of the esteemed Kennedy Center Honor in the presence of President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama (20 December 2012). See more »

Goofs

When Dewey is eating the turkey sub, the arrangement of the plastic wrap as well as the pattern of bites missing varies between shots. See more »

Quotes

Dewey Finn: You've heard of Aretha Franklin, right?
Tomika: [Tomika nods]
Dewey Finn: She's a big lady. But when she sings, she blows people's minds. Everyone wants to party with Aretha! And, you know who else has a weight issue?
Tomika: Who?
Dewey Finn: Me. But when I get up there and start doing my thing, people worship me! Because I'm sexy, and chubby, man.
Tomika: Why don't you go on a diet?
Dewey Finn: Because I like to eat! Is that such a crime?
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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 »

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Referenced in Conan: The Mistletoe Manifesto (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonage Daydream
Written & Performed by David Bowie
Under license from RZO Music, Inc.
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Tailored for Jack Black
11 November 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After being fired from his own band, the guitar player Dewey Finn (Jack Black) needs to raise some money to pay for his rent and his bills. When his friend and school teacher Ned Schneebly (Mike White) is called to a temporary work in an expensive private school, Dewey pretends to be Ned and accepts the job. He finds talented young musicians in his class, and he decides to form a rock-and-roll band with the students and win a competition called "Battle of Bands" to raise the prize and be recognized in the show business.

"The School of Rock" is a very funny and politically incorrect comedy tailored for Jack Black. He steals the movie and rocks in the role of a rock-and-roll lover, who dreams to be successful as a guitar player. Most of the lines belong to him, and I believe this movie is his best individual performance in his successful career. Joan Cusack is excellent as usual, and Miranda Cosgrove seems to have potential and be a great promise as actress. The soundtrack is a great homage to rock-and-roll, with many classics including Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song". The DVD is full of worthwhile Extras, and in the end this film is an excellent funny entertainment. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Escola de Rock" ("School of Rock")


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