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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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Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

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

When they are playing Zack's song for the first time. The drummer "Fred" and Baseplayer "Katie" have scene costumes but in the next clip they are back in their school uniforms. See more »

Quotes

Dewey Finn: Now, what makes you mad more than anything in the world?
[sees Billy who has his hand raised]
Dewey Finn: Billy?
Billy: You.
Dewey Finn: Billy, we've already told me off. Let's move on.
Billy: You're tacky and I hate you!
Dewey Finn: Okay, you see me after class!
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the credits, the song includes the lyrics: The movie is over but we're still on screen Everybody's rocking And we came from Horace Green 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: The Peter Principal (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballrooms of Mars
by Marc Bolan
Performed by T. Rex
Courtesy of Wizard Bahamas Ltd
Issued under exclusive license from Demon Music Group Ltd.
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I know it's only rock'n'roll, but I like it!
15 September 2004 | by fishwife47See all my reviews

I like it, I like it, yes indeed!

With a Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney plot, this movie takes a terrific comic and musical turn and is a totally enjoyable, fun, and informative ride!

I liked that Jack Black always treated his students with positive reinforcement, which is really important if someone is ever to have the guts to go on stage. He was never down or discouraging unless it was a very funny down and

discouraging! And never about the students themselves.

I like Jack Black, I love this movie, and I love rock'n'roll above all else!

Forget the clichés. Let yourself have fun.

And stick it to the man!!!!!!


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