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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

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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Also Known As:

School of Rock  »

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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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The riff of The Darkness song "Black Shuck" is used in the film, but "Growing On Me" appears on the soundtrack. This is because Black Shuck contains the line "Black Shuck, that dog don't give a fuck" repeatedly. See more »

Goofs

When Billy hands Dewey the brown paper bag with his outfit in it before the band performs at the contest, the fold at the top of the back keeps switching from facing Billy to facing Dewey. See more »

Quotes

Dewey Finn: Ah... Okay. Teach, teach, teach... All right, look, here's the deal. I've got a hangover. Who knows what that means?
Frankie: Doesn't that mean you're drunk?
Dewey Finn: No. It means I was drunk yesterday.
Freddy: It means you're an alcoholic.
Dewey Finn: Wrong.
Freddy: You wouldn't come to work hungover unless you were an alcoholic. Dude, you got a disease.
Dewey Finn: Hmm. Hmm. What's your name?
Freddy: Freddy Jones.
Dewey Finn: Hmm. Freddy Jones, SHUT UP!
[Freddy looks irritated as his classmates laugh]
[...]
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #2.27 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Immigrant Song
by Jimmy Page & Robert Plant
Performed by Led Zeppelin
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Jumpin' Jack Black, It's a Gas, Gas, Gas
7 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. With so few good comedies these days, it was pure joy to laugh out loud a few times during this Jack Black showcase. Is he over the top? Absolutely. Is his humor and delivery similar to the great John Belushi? Yes, down to the arching eyebrows. And I say SO WHAT? Jack Black is hilarious in this movie and director Richard Linklater (the underappreciated gem "Dazed and Confused") uses his spot-on observations of Rock music and school days to deliver a wonderful film going experience. Writer Mike White ("The Good Girl") also plays Black's wimpy friend and former bandmate. Although his acting is fine, it is White's writing that will make him rich in Hollywood. The kids in the band are wonderfully cast and appear to be very talented musically as well. Special recognition to Joan Cusack, who just nails the role of the uptight private school principal who is just itching to be unleashed. I would have enjoyed a bit more of the Rock History tossed in for the sake of today's youngsters, but the tributes to Pete Townsend, Jimi Hendrix, Zeppelin and the Ramones are much appreciated. Look for Nikki Katt in a brief role, but mostly just sit back and enjoy a pure comedy that truly ROCKS!!


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