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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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Taglines:

We shall teach Rock & Roll to the world! 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

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the band practice montage, Summer is seen reading "This Business of Music," a guide to legal and financial issues in the music industry that has been published since 1964. 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: I pledge allegiance... to the band... of Mr. Schneebly... and will not fight him... for creative control... and will defer to him on all issues related to the musical direction of the band.
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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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Referenced in Making Out (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

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For Those about to Rock, We Salute this Movie
11 December 2005 | by AngusYoungBingeSee all my reviews

What can I say? I'm a rockaholic. I eat, breath, and dream of classic rock and it's glory days. I listen to only rock radios, and every other morning I go on an AC/DC Binge. Rock is pure, and beautiful.

Unfortunately, it's not the only music out there.

Pop culture today sucks, putting it nicely. All that stuff out there is ruining the minds of people of today. For a little while it seems like rock disappeared, hiding underneath everything else, being disregarded by fans today.

Then 'School of Rock' came along.

Dewey Finn (played by Jack Black) is a bum who gets himself kicked out of his own band because of his unruly antics. To top this off, his substitute teacher roommate Ned and Ned's girlfriend Patti begin to nag Dewey for rent money. Dewey can't pay it off. After spending some time trying to sell his personal belongings, a phone call from a prestigious prep school looking for a substitute teacher catches Dewey's attention and he parades around as Ned, hoping to just walk in, let the kids do what they want, get some money, and be gone like nothing every happened.

Until he finds out that the class of fifth graders he has been assigned to teach are musically and vocally talented.

This sparks an idea off in Dewey's mind, thinking that he can turn his group of fifth graders into a rock group so that he can win 25,000 dollars in a contest called 'The Battle of the Bands'.

This is a wonderful, classic - rock fueled movie. Jack Black is hysterical as Dewey Finn. The children are all talented, particularly the ones on instruments and vocals.

If you want to love rock music, go watch this movie.

If not, then you'll have missed out on something great.


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