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As a big fan of classic rock music, it wasn't hard to like School of Rock, a comedy starring Jack Black as a loser musician who pretends to be a substitute teacher in a posh elementary school and ends up molding the kids into a backup band for his own assault on a local battle of the bands competition.
This is pretty much a vehicle for Jack Black, who plays loser Dewey Finn, a failed musician still sponging off his push-around mate Ned well into middle age. One day, after being issued with an ultimatum by Ned's aggressive girlfriend to pay the rent or get out, he answers the phone to a job offer for Ned in a posh private school. Dewey pretends to be Ned and takes the job to make a swift buck. He knows nothing about teaching and proceeds to waste time until one day overhearing the students in music class. Realising they have ability, he decides to ween them off classical music and educate them in the ways of rock.
Like those of his peers - Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller et al - Jack Black films are pretty hit and miss (the exception being Adam Sandler, whose films are always miss), but you can guarantee a few laughs somewhere along the way. There are some classic lines such as "Those that can't do, teach, and those that can't teach, teach gym", and some great scenes, such as Black educating the kids in various rock facial expressions. This film is definitely more hit than miss, however its easy for me to be bias because the soundtrack is all classic rock and the basic storyline is the fantasy of most thirty-somethings who play guitar - a guy gets up on stage and amazes all the people who thought he was a loser.
The supporting cast of kids actually do a pretty good job. Apparently chosen for their musical ability rather than acting, you wouldn't know it from their performances. It's a little bit clichéd - the ten year old guitar whizz, the chick on bass, the fat girl who can actually sing really well, the nerd on keyboards who turns into a pre-teen Rick Wakeman, the blatantly gay kid who wants to do costumes, and the mouthy girl who ends up as band manager, but this is a comedy, not some art house flick so a bit of stereotyping is to be expected. With the exception of Black, the kids pretty much steal the show, although Joan Cusack is funny as the straight-laced school principal who turns into Stevie Nicks when she gets drunk.
Overall, it's a pretty decent comedy to while away an evening. There's some fun, some good music, and the ending sequence in particular is pretty cool. Recommended, particularly if you are a Jack Black fan, a musician, or a fan of classic rock.
You can buy it or rent it, or if you don't mind the grainy quality, some kind soul has uploaded it to youtube, although I make no assumptions as to the legality of such actions.
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I bought this dvd a while back and I must have seen it about 100 times! It is one of those films that you can watch over and over and never gets old. There are some hilarious scenes involving the brilliant Jack Black who is perfectly suited to the lead role of Dewey Finch.
The story is about a budding rock star Dewey (Jack Black) who is gets kicked out of his band just before the big battle of the bands contest and lifes not looking up for him, until he takes a call for his room mate, Ned Schneee...bl...just call him Mr S. (Mike White) about a job offer at a local elementary school. As Ned isnt home and Dewey is lounging about with nothing to do he decides that he can act as Ned and take the job for himself. Dewey soon realises he is not cut out to be a teacher and starts teaching the kids about a little thing called rock and roll instead. He makes band out of the class and a hilarious yet heartwarming tail ensues.
Even if the storyline doesn't grab you the soundtrack will! It features many classic rock songs throughout the film including bands such as The Ramones, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. Also the original songs written for the film are very well written and pretty decent songs.
Special features on the disc includes commentaries from the children that star in the film, the director and Jack Black. Also an original music video featuring Jack and the Kids, plenty of behind the scenes videos and an exclusive video diary from Jack Black which is very entertaining.
This is a must buy!
Only Jack Black could have the charisma to carry this film to what it has become: an outstanding display of character, good acting, great music and talent.
Dewey (Black) has been kicked out of the rock band he started, for doing too many solos and for ruining the image of the band. He is jobless, sleeping at his best friend, Ned's apartment and is under pressure to earn some money to help pay the rent. When Ned gets a call about a substitute teacher job at an upper-class school, Dewey pretends to be his best friend and goes to the school to teach - something he is neither qualified to do, nor good at - until that is, he discovers that he can teach the kids about rock music.
Extremely quotable and laugh-out-loud funny, School Of Rock will light a passion for rock music in even the most hardened country music fan. Jack Black takes a diluted approach from his Tenacious D history and leads an excellent cast of non-acting children, who were picked for their musical ability, yet still shine in giving brilliant performances.
School Of Rock
" Jack Black plays unemployed slob and hell-raising guitarist Dewey Finn, who needs to make a few fast bucks after being kicked out of his rock band. Posing as his reformed rocker-come-substitute teacher flatmate, he falls into teaching a class of prepubescent stiffs. After over hearing the kids practice in their school orchestra, Finn decides to teach the kids "the power of rock", and fulfil his life long dream of entering the Battle of the Bands competition. "
Actors Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Sarah Silverman, Mike White & Joey Gaydos Jr.
Director Richard Linklater
Screen Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic
Languages English ; Czech - Dolby Digital (5.1)
Subtitles Arabic ; Bulgarian ; Czech ; Danish ; Dutch ; English ; English for the hearing impaired ; Finnish ; Icelandic ; Norwegian ; Polish ; Romanian ; Swedish
Duration 1 hour and 44 minutes (approx)
This film is fantastic for two reasons. Firstly, you would never believe Jack Black is acting, you can clearly see the love of both acting and music he portrays throughout this film. The film shows him as Dewey Finn posing as a teacher firstly trying to make enough money to pay the rent on his apartment and bills. He then realises that the kids in the class have amazing music ability and sets about creating a band for a contest.
In true American soppiness the entire class get involved, and there are hilarious scenes with Joan Cusack who plays the headteacher as they try and hide their "school project" from everyone.
The film is made better by the fact the performance and filming of the signature tune is excellent and the tune itself is excellent and catchy. All the kids actually played the instruments and were casted because of their excellent musical ability. Because of this some of the kids acting is not brilliant but Black carries the show.
It's a movie you can't help but enjoy, and watch from time to time and get a nice buzz from it. Every Jack Black movie is great, this is his first major lead movie.
It's a film that both you and your kids will enjoy. Fab family fun.
I brought our's for £2.99 from Play.com so it is worth shopping around.
Enjoy and thank you for reading.
FILM ONLY REVIEW
Dewey Finn is a layabout who dreams of making it big with his rock band, he shares an apartment with his friend, Ned butt since the arrival of Ned's girlfriend he is being nagged at for rent money. Dewey hoped to make money by getting his band to win the 'Battle of the bands' competition but when his band sack him he is out of ideas.
Dewey takes a phone call which is for Ned asking him to take any emergency substitute teacher job but as he is not there Dewey decides he will do the job. He arrives at a very posh pre-school and soon realises he is out of his depth. He is not able to teach the children as he is thick. Salvation comes his way when he hears the children in their music lesson and sets about forming a new band with the class. He says it is a new school project and soon the children are turning their backs on their classical roots to take on the new challenge of Rock.
Will Dewey be able to keep the children and the band a secret and just what will the consequences be when he gets found out for being a fraud?
I was looking forward to watching this film as Jack Black has entertained me in the past and I do find him to be very funny in some of his movies. This film was a disappointment for both me and hubby, not so much from the acting but certainly from he lack of comedy and the fact that Jack Black seemed to prefer daft to funny in this film. The storyline was good but towards the end I could not shake off the feeling of it being too similar to Sister Act 2 with the choir and the competition and I would have liked some difference in this film.
Jack Black took the lead role of Dewey and for me he was below average. There were times when I found him to be quite horrid and disgusting, especially when he was at home being a slob. He did improve slightly and clean his act up as the film went on but he was not a good role in my eyes. There were times when he let a bit of emotion get through his character and this was mainly when acting with the children. There was no depth to the role and for me I would have liked more emotion and feelings from him to be able to understand why Rock music meant so much to him.
The children actors were all quite good and there were one or two which made their characters stand out. We had the usual class mix with the chubby kid, the dumb one, the rebel and the class nerd and they were all played well. I found that some of the children came across as very stuck up and they seemed to me as if they were trying to over play the role and this did actually put me off them. There are a few other good roles and the role of head teacher was a good one and she did add a bit of comedy to the film. The role of Ned was one which I was not keen on either, he was played by Mike White and I just did not warm to him at all. I was not able to move away from the awful role he plated in the film Chuck ad Buck and I don't think be bought anything to the film at all and there was actually no need for him to be included, we could have just got the impression of what he was like from things which had been said, maybe if another actor had played this role he would have come across better and I would have liked him to be more include in the film.
The film was mainly set in the school classroom and the sets and props were all very good, we did have a few outside scenes and again the scenery was god and fitted the film. The costumes were all good and the uniforms looked smart and detailed. There were a few special effects in the film but these were mainly when the bands were on stage and the lights and pyrotechnics were used and they were good and suitable.
The music had a definitely rock theme and despite not really being a fan of this genre of music I did enjoy it. It was all good and I liked how old and newly written tracks were included.
As this is a film only review there are no bonus features to speak about. The running time of the film is 108 minutes and did find this to be more than long enough. The rate is a PG and I agree with this. The film can be bought on DVD for just a few pounds but personally would not waste any money on it as it is shown on the TV a lot.
I wish I could give this film more than 3 stars as I wanted it to be good. The acting was OK and some of the children really shone but it was lacking in comedy and the storyline reminded me too much of Sister Act 2. One to watch if nothing else is on but don't go out of your way to buy or watch this one.
I have to admit that I do actually own this on DVD, and I was reminded of that fact when I caught this on TV earlier today. It's not the first time I've caught it on TV actually, but I do really quite like this film so I'm glad I have a DVD copy as well! It's a bargain to buy at only £3.03 on Amazon at present, and this is a great one to have to hand for rainy days, family evenings or school holidays.
What's so great about this film is that it really does appeal to the whole family. The story is a simple but original one, of a washed-up parody of a rocker who is fed up of his mate's girlfriend (who he rooms with) thinking he's nothing but a lay-about. So when his mate, Ned the substitute teacher, gets a call offering him a job at a local school, our man Dewey (played by Jack Black) decides to take Ned's job and earn his keep for a change.
Things go rather smoothly considering Dewey doesn't know a darn thing about teaching, but then this family orientated American comedy isn't about realism - it's about the comedy, and of course the music. Dewey sets about secretly organising his class of ten year olds to be a rock band and for a spell he gets to live his own dreams through them.
What makes this such an enjoyable film is that of course it turns out that every kid in the class has talent. One can sing like Aretha Franklin, and another is a Jimi Hendrix in the making after only a handful of lessons on an electric guitar! They camp up one little lad to be a designer for the costumes etc, and another works some computer magic to arrange a fancy light show for the band.
It's all very unrealistic, but you don't really notice that while you're watching this film. What you notice is that the jokes are funny, the acting is ham but amusing, and you feel a pang of pride even when the kids take to the stage to rock out hard. It's naff, but it's loveable naff.
I really enjoy this film, and it doesn't bother me that I've seen it at least five or six times now. It's become a bit of a Home Alone or Hooch kind of film to me - I'll happily sit and watch it every Christmas. The rest of the family enjoys this too, though the grandson is obviously a little young to really appreciate the humour in this. He still happily sits and enjoys the performance and all the songs though. Definitely a thumbs up from me, though of course I can only really give it four stars due to the unavoidable haminess of the acting!
No matter what you may think of Jack Black, there's no doubting his enthusiasm. I have never seen a more amped actor before, and this is the ideal sort of film for him. Directed by Richard Linklater, it features Black as Dewey Finn, a washed up rock lover who pretends to be a school teacher so he can get some cash. However, when he sees they can play music, he forms them into a band and enters them into a competition, all the while keeping it from their parents and other teachers.
Black loves his music. I think that's rather evident from many of his roles such as this one and High Fidelity, as well as forming his own band (Tenacious D). School of Rock almost seems completely like a vehicle for him to have an immense amount of fun, and this is exactly what he does. As Dewey Finn, he pretends to be his flatmate Ned Schneebly, a substitute teacher, and once in the school, he tries to get them to do recess all day. However, this doesn't work, and as he has recently been jilted by his former band, he uses his love of music to get the class interested in school.
There is a lot of referencing to some brilliant music. Dewey as a character seems to have an immense passion for music, with it being more like a religion to him, quoting Black Sabbath, Hendrix and Blondie among others throughout the film. All of this is done with over the top acting from Jack Black and from the point of view of a character who just wants everyone in the world to appreciate musical genius, propelling the kids to be the best they can and ultimately trying to get them all to just play music all day. He devises a curriculum of his own incorporating rock history lessons, all the while maintaining a close eye on the corridor should the principal of the school come along and find out the truth.
Okay, so there are holes in the plot in this respect. In reality, a fake teacher couldn't get into a classroom and do nothing but play music all day without someone catching on, or the kids telling, and the important thing here is to realise that reality isn't the predominant element here. It's a combination of music and fun, and a film that has a fun loving and amicable character as its lead. At no point do you really feel that he's doing anything wrong, and it's almost like watching a sort of Sister Act remake in a way, although in that film the kids are supposed to be doing music, while here they should be doing the whole English, Maths, Science, History, etc.
It needs to be said that, while Black is brilliant here, he is ably supported by not only the actors playing the kids in the class, but also by the two main women in the film. Mike White deserves a mention not necessarily for his role as the real Ned, but for his writing and producing efforts here. He has worked with Black on a number of projects now, and seems to have an eye for the style of comedy we associate with the actor. However, his performance as the wet Ned didn't really stand out. What did was the two female leads. Although she wasn't in it a great deal, Sarah Silverman was brilliant as Ned's belligerent and bullying girlfriend, shouting at him to grow some balls while basically mentally pummeling him and telling what he should do all the time. She and Black are at loggerheads with each other, which is in complete contrast to Joan Cusack performance as principal Rosalie Mullins, a rather timid, shy and retiring woman with no friends or social graces. She comes out of her shell a lot when Dewey comes along, and the result is hilarious. I wouldn't be surprised if she ad libbed a lot, Black as well for that matter.
Overall, it's a very well made film, which is highly entertaining and features some great showcase music at the end. There is a feel good nature about it, and it's one that is suitable for a wide range of ages, from the fairly young and upwards. It's also now available on DVD for £3.99, which is a very good price for a very good film.
School of Rock is a DVD for all the family, it was released in 2004 and stars Jack Black as the main character. To start off with if you like Jack Black, then I must say that this is a must see for you.
The film stars Black as a cover school teacher. When he is drafted in to cover a school music lesson he soon creates his own take on it, the children soon have instruments that they love and are forming the band which he creates.
Jack Black is his normal funny self in this film and there are several moments when norturing and encouraging the children that are both nice and funny. He also meets another teacher that he falls for, although the film doesn't involve a lot of footage of their possible romance.
Black forms the band with the children and enters them into a competition, you can see the children becoming confident in the band as the film goes on and there are a few hiccups along the way, although they are all resolved by the commanding Jack Black.
Overall I would rate this film 4/5 as it is a great film for the family, Jack Black will have both you and your children laughing at a funny and original film.
I first saw this film a couple of years ago because my friend reccommended it. I thought it might be a bit of a let down because normally im not a big Jack Black fan but honestly this film had me in stitches. I would definately reccomend watching it if you want an easy watch.
Dewey is a lazy good for nothing man who's life revolves around his rubbish band. Everything goes wrong Dewey when they kick him out the band and his bestfriends girlfriend wants him to get a job or get out their flat. As he lounges in bed he hears a telephone call for his friend about the school he works. Dewey decides to go the school and pretend to be his bestfriend. He gets enroled in a very posh private school for children as a subsitute teacher.
After watching his pupils in a music class he realises how much talent they have and gets so excited that he makes up a project. The 'project' is to make your own band and enter a band competition. A specitical girl named Summer, is not impressed but after after presuasion she becomes band manager. Dewey collects all his guitars and drums to make the children into the best band in the city. They go through auditions to get into the band and pass. When the big night comes, will they win or come miserably last?
There are so many funny moments from both Jack Black and his off the wall sense of humour and from the children too. It had me in stitches throughout a really good watch!
School of Rock centre's around Jack Black's character called Dewey, a heavy metal musician, who starts the movie being in a band and plays in nightclubs, earning whatever money he can. He lodges with his friend, Ned, a former band member, who has a stable job and girlfriend, although that relationship is not without it's own problems.
Anyway, Dewey's constantly late with his rent and is always promising Ned to pay him the money but he gets kicked out of the band due to differences.
However, a job comes up as a school teacher and Dewey takes the job, the only problem is this job was supposed to be for Ned, it was just blind luck that Dewey answered the phone call.
From here on, Dewey pretends to be Ned to everyone at the school and begins to teach his class of students the art of music and wants them to participate in an up and coming band tournament so Dewey/Ned can win some money.
This is where the laughs really start as Dewey sets up his students as band members but has to keep it all a secret from the school principal and the other teachers and, of course, the children's parents!
Ned/Dewey's lack of teaching experience and skills is apparent right away as soon as he steps foot into the classroom on the first day and teaches the children his way of doing things and does away with the customary methods.
This is a top class comedy film that goes for subtle laughs instead of slapstick and Jack Black is at his best here.
It's certainly better than his new film, Tropic Thunder, in my view, which was full of slapstick comedy and pretentious humour.
Performances are great all round from everyone, including the actors and actresses who play the school kids but special mention has to go to Joan Cusack who plays the school principal and her character is funny all on her own and matches up well with Jack Black's humour.
The ending is a tad predictable but I really doubt the film-makers were going for unpredictability.
The laughs come to the viewers way all the time and there is never a dull moment so pacing is good.
I found myself constantly watching it for a while once I bought the DVD so it has a lot of replay value, in fact, I may watch it again tonight!
If you haven't seen this one then I think this is a must and it can be enjoyed by everyone, including kids.
Recommended for certain!
School of Rock is one of Jack Blacks more original films, and one that (apart from some mild language) is suitable for more ages than his more current, crazier films.
Jack Black plays someone who bumbles through life with very little money and ambition, just earning enough to get by, and not even that really! The only thing he has ever really cared about is being in a rock band, but as the film starts he has been chucked out of that too. He lives with his ex band mate and his band mates partner. He cannot stand the partner and finds her bossy and controlling, exactly the time of person Jack Black is not, in this film.
Ned, Jacks ex band mate and flat mate is a supply teacher. Oneday, someone wanting him to do a job for them rings the flat and Jack answers. He is being nagged for money and he sees this as his chance to make some of the money he owes his flat mates. Jack goes to the class pretending to be a teacher but decides to teach the children ot be in a band and school becomes band practise. He aims to get them all ready to go in for an upcoming competition.
The film tells the story of his teaching the children and trying not to be caught out. The film is a light hearted comedy in which Jack Black is funny (without being over the top as I believe he is in some films) the children are endearing and cute, and they have made some really good characters out of them.
The storyline is good but not fabtastic and this is not a blockbuster film, but a feel good, easy to watch comedy, one thats worth buying on DVD and pulling out every now and then, even just for background noise/ humour.
I'm in two minds about Jack Black; on one hand he's quite a cool, quirky guy, but on the other he can be a bit annoying and over the top. I remember watching this when it first came out and thinking that it was a bit better than I had anticipated, and Black's performance suits the film well.
School Of Rock was released in 2004 and is rated certificate PG. It falls within the comedy genre and although it sounds as though it should appeal to rock fans, I think any music likers or lovers would find this an easy-to-watch flick. The comedy is family friendly, but because of that I felt that it's perhaps a little too young and corny for my liking. That said, it's a film to watch for yourself because there are quite differing opinions on it.
The film is based around Black as the main character, Dewey Finn. Thought of as a no-hoper in the real world because of his rock&roll style behaviour (if you can call it that) he takes it upon himself to fake his identity to get into a highschool to teach music. I would like to think that the school system would be a little more cautious regarding employee documents and CRBs, but alas, we find Dewey as the new part timer, bringing something very different to his style of teaching.
Being young at heart and with a passion for all things rock, Finn wins the kids over and sparks within them a passion for music as he convinces the class to form a band and enter a competition. It's not long, however, before his bubble is burst and the truth of his identity is revealed. But what happens to the band and the competition? Well, you'll just have to watch and find out (though I bet you can probably guess).
The film employs some good actors/actresses who play their parts well and bring the script to life. The overall feel is quite light-hearted and playful, with quips and jokes here and there throughout the film. I must admit that some of the humour wasn't really my kind of thing, but there were moments (such as Finn's remark about 'touching' the children) that made me chuckle.
As for the storyline, it came together reasonably well even if it wasn't entirely believable or realistic. There are moral values here and there, which balance the comedy with a degree of thoughtfulness or sentimentality. This made it easier to watch in a sense because you take it at face value; a lively, quirky and music affair to cater to a diverse audience.
I enjoyed the music, being a rock fan myself, but I must admit I found much of the film to be built on stereotypes and therefore came across as being too obvious. That said, it also means the film does what it intends to do, which is to be quite transparent and easy to watch.
All in all, though it may not be the best of films or even one of Black's best performances, he does a good job in School Of Rock to turn it into a light-hearted and lively tale of rock music (along with a few morals thrown in every so often, such as don't play to win and follow your dreams). Worth a watch, but don't expect to take it too seriously :o)
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The School Of Rock, a 2003 smash hit comedy; Dewy (Jack Black) has always had an ambition to become a rock star, however he becomes disheartend when hes kicked out of the band, due to his lenghty solo pieces and his antics on stage. Dewy, then imposes as his best friend "Ned Sneebly" becoming a teacher in order to pay his share of the rent. Its at this point the film comes to life.
Dewy aka Mr S (Jack Black) teaches a group of posh kids the importance of Rock after discovering their musical talents. He then makes the children believe they are involved in a school project with schools competing across the state, in which the winner of the competition receives a cash bonus and something to put on their applications to harvard university.
The school of rock makes me laugh, i love the way Jack Black acts, sings and dances, whilst the plot may be predictable, its the comedy that entices its audience.
Jack Black plays Dewey Finn in this entertaining and enjoyable film about a guitarist/singer who is kicked out of his rock band and lives with his ex-bandmate Ned and his overbearing girlfriend Patty, who is not a fan of Dewey and his day-dreaming, slacker and sponging ways.
One morning Dewey answers the phone from the headteacher (excellently played by Joan Cusak) of a school looking for Ned who is a substitute teacher. On thinking that it will tide him over financially and get Patty of his back, Dewey pretends to be Ned and this is where the fun starts.
To begin with Dewey just lets the kids do what they want but it eventually dawns on him that these kids could be his meal-ticket to enter a Battle of the Bands competition and win the prize money of $20,000.
Their days of education are now filled with learning the classic rock anthems and writing songs to featuring in the competition.
The children in the film are great - my favourite is teachers pet and top swot, Summer. When giving out roles in the bands, she is horrified to learn what her role as a groupie of the band actually means, and she soon assumes the position of band manager.
Lots of close shaves follow whilst practising for the competition - all the while the children thinking they are working on a class project.
Once Ned realises what Dewey has been doing, he confronts him at parent's evenings and has to leave his school.
Like any film with a happy ending, the kids decide to play the gig and grab Dewey on the way, finally performing in front of their parents who have been in hot pursuit of their missing children.
The film is not a groundbreaking piece of cinema, but an easy to watch crowd-pleaser with some amusing moments, especially from the children in the film. I also think that this is probably one of Jack Black's better films and I have enjoyed watching it on several occasions.
I have seen 'School of Rock' a few times now and enjoy it whenever I watch it and I like Jack Black in alot of things he does too. He plays Dewey Finn who we see at the start of the film as the ultimate lay about and slacker. He has never done a proper day's work in his life and spends the majority of his time playing guitar with his band, No Vacancy who he believes will one day make it big! However, as they prepare for a contest they have entered he is fired from the band ruthlessly. Currently Dewey lives with his apartment room mate Ned and his girlfriend. Under duress from her Ned demands that Dewey pay his share of the rent or get out as things have gone beyond a joke now.
Ned is a substitute teacher who is at present already working on a particular assignment. Dewey answers the phone in the apartment when he is out and pretends to be Ned so he can fill in as a teacher at a top school. So Dewey starts at the school pretending to be Ned. The only problem is that he has no idea what to teach this children and he enters the classroom as you can imagine completely unprepared. The smartest girl in the class, Summer, wants to know what he has planned for them and he has to think quickly to come up with something. He seizes the opportunity while they are in music class to teach them the one thing he knows well and that's music. So he begins to assemble a new band to compete in the contest his old band that axed him are in. He gives everyone in the class a job to do. This all however as he reminds them has to remain top secret.
His teaching methods are unorthodox but he gets the children interested in music and everyone gets involved and into it as the band develops. In addition to hiding things from the principal of the school he has to keep things hidden from Ned too.
'School of Rock' is a good, fun movie and follows in the traditions of other rock films. It is slightly unrealistic that he could get away with all of this under the nose of his flatmate and the principal of the school but this makes this comedy funny and appealing. The story does have a few surprises too as we go along so not all cut and dried. There are many references to some of the legends of rock in the movie too from Jack Black himself.
I have always liked Jack Black in most of the roles he plays and he is a great choice for this character. He plays the role so full on that you believe in him and he is passionate enough about music to make things interesting and keep the audience involved. He is always full on in a lot of the roles he takes on and this one is no exception. His constant energy and enthusiasm are great to see. We watch as his character goes from a waster with unreachable dreams to someone who cares and connects to the children through his love of music, immersing them in everything he loves and enjoys.
The film really is the tale of a self-centred man who reforms his character when he finds others that share his passion for music. They become friends through the medium of music. If you like Jack Black then this light-hearted film is well worth watching
Turbo-charged comic Jack Black shakes School of Rock to its foundations, wailing with born-again metalhead passion as Dewey Finn, a guitarist who gets kicked out of a band because he grandstands too much--or, to put it another way, enjoys himself. Through an intercepted phone call, Finn gets a job as a substitute teacher for a fifth grade class at a private grade school. Neither students nor teacher quite know what to do with each other until Finn discovers that some of his young charges can play instruments; at once he starts turning them into a blistering rock & roll troupe that can crush his former band at an upcoming competition. School of Rock is silly and formulaic, but director Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused), writer Mike White (The Good Girl), and especially Black and co-star Joan Cusack invest the formulas with such glee that the movie is irresistibly fun. --Bret Fetzer On the DVD: Like the movie, the DVD extras are smarter and a lot more entertaining than your average flick. The making-of feature ("Lessons Learned") has the usual behind-the-scenes banter but Jack Black is in fine form--that is, something special--interviewing as much as being interviewed about the making of the film. His unique pitch to Led Zeppelin to use their song is alone worth the price of the DVD. Black is more his maniacal self and a bit more grating in MTV's Diary segment, but his commentary track with director Richard Linklater is as insightful as it is funny. Ok, it's a lot more funny, but entertaining throughout. The commentary track featuring just the kid actors is less so, but any preteen would love listening to it. To top it off, the DVD-ROM has Dewey Finn's instantly famous blackboard history of rock. You can drill down to the bands mentioned and get a brief history of each. --Doug Thomas