School of Rock

School of Rock

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  1. 56 of 63 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Mellow out, man!, November 15, 2003
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    Wheelchair Assassin (The Great Concavity) –

    “School Of Rock” is nothing less than the feel-good movie of the year. It’s fitting that the movie is filled with blatant AC/DC worship, because it’s very much like one of that band’s albums: it’s excessive and often lowbrow, but you can’t help but enjoy it because it’s so full of energy and enthusiasm. And most importantly of all, it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Whether intentionally or not, director Richard Linklater and co. deal a major backhanded slap to all the sissified nu-metal and post-grunge “sensitive guy” bands currently dominating the airwaves, reminding us all that rock music is supposed to be fun and ultimately uplifting.

    First of all, if “School Of Rock” doesn’t make Jack Black a star, nothing will. Black gives one of the most lovably over-the-top performances in history as Dewey Finn, an aspiring metal musician who poses as his friend Ned in order to get a substitute teaching job at a posh elementary school. From the opening scene at a rock club, where Dewey launches into a frenzied guitar solo, whips off his shirt, and attempts a stage dive into an apathetic crowd, Black is a whirlwind of manic energy. Much like Jim Carrey, Black doesn’t just play the demented role: he means it, and the authenticity he brings to the movie makes all the diference. Quick, think of another guy who could pull off the role this well. This is Black’s show, and he knows it.

    When Dewey takes a position teaching the uptight children of uptight parents, the stage is set for a classic fish-out-of-water comedy. Many of the movies’ funniest moments come early on, when the overweight, disheveled Dewey and his privileged students can’t quite figure out what to make of each other. The plot? Realizing that some of his students have musical talent, Dewey, under the guise of a school project, gets them to start up a rock outfit to compete at the local battle of the bands. Along with the way he teaches them plenty about the history of rock and its value for, among other things, “fighting the man.” Naturally, the kids, their parents, and the school’s principal (played by Joan Cusack, who would steal the movie if Black didn’t), all learn valuable lessons about taking chances and enjoying life.

    This plot may sound rather hackneyed, but “School Of Rock” doesn’t succeed by avoiding cliches; it succeeds my embracing them with all the vigor and passion of Dewey playing a guitar solo. The movie’s overbearing earnestness, which I typically find to be more of a turnoff than a woman with bigger muscles than me, turns out to be its greatest asset. The reason? Because “School Of Rock” conveys the too-often-forgotten lesson that people need to lighten up, and rock music has long been a valuable device for doing just that. At its heart, the film’s message is simple but enormously effective: that Rock ‘n’ Roll really just might be able to change the world.

    It all comes to a head in the film’s monster conclusion, with Dewey donning an Angus Young-styled schoolboy uniform for the Battle of the Bands. Black absolutely owns the stage in this scene; there’s no way the image of him performing won’t be indelibly etched in the minds of all who see it. If you know your stuff, you can also see the nods to Yes and The Clash in the kids’ attire. The song the band performs, fittingly titled “School Of Rock,” is a lot like the movie itself: it’s filled with rock cliches, but its youthful rebellion and energy more than make up for it. It certainly beats much of what’s on the radio today, just as the movie beats much of what’s in your local multiplex. Sometimes good intentions and inspired acting can carry a film, and “School of Rock” is one such example.

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  2. 17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Jack Black’s first true classic, October 23, 2003
    By 
    Mattowarrior “Mattowarrior” (Madison, WI United States) –

    Despite some of the various plot holes and implausibilities, this is Jack Black’s shining moment (as well as other child actors) and crowning achievement. I enjoyed this film partly because Jack Black and the makers of the film seem to have an obvious appreciation for classic rock/hard rock/metal that was missing from recent Hollywood failures like Rock Star. References abound to Yes, Rush, Led Zeppelin, even Iron Maiden abound in this movie. Jack Black is hilarious as a burned out early 30 something rocker turned substitute teacher, and his usual mannerisms and inflections are used to humorous effect.
    The film is inspiring, funny, even a bit “cute” in a family film sort of way. However these more “cutesy” themes are transcended with the wit of the dialogue and some of the more adult situations in the film. It isn’t EXACTLY a kid’s movie, but could be seen with probably younger preteens, in my eyes it appeals to adults more. Ironically, I was the age of the kids in the movie when I first got into hard rock and heavy metal! I wish I had gone to somewhere like the School of Rock!

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  3. 13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Jack Black at his best, January 24, 2004
    By 
    T O’Brien (Chicago, Il United States) –
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    School of Rock is a great movie with perfect Jack Black and an excellent supporting cast, most of them kids. Dewie Finn gets kicked out of his band and must find a way to pay the rent. When he intercepts a phone call for his substitute teacher roommate, Ned, Dewie decides to take the job. At first, he has no idea what to do, but when he discovers the kids in the class are great musicians, he decides to turn them into a band. Along the way, Dewie gets to know them all while also teaching them the history of rock. This is a great movie that surprisingly can be seen by the whole family. Jack Black has never been better, and the kids are amazing. If nothing else, the soundtrack is great with plenty of Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Black Sabbath and so much more.

    Jack Black is perfectly cast as Dewie Finn, the down on his luck musician who takes a job as a substitute teacher. His eyebrows and facial expressions could not be done by anyone else. Joan Cusack is also very good as Principal Mullins, who tries to keep her school in order. Mike White and Sarah Silverman also star as Ned, Dewie’s roommate, and his evil girlfriend. The real stars of this movie are the kids in Dewie’s class. They are all incredible performers as well as pretty good actors. With all these things combined, School of Rock is a can’t miss movie. For a great movie with hilarious Jack Black, check out School of Rock!

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