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At Theaters: 10/3/2003 On Video: 3/2/2004
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 50 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419954
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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Hell-raising guitarist with delusions of grandeur Dewey Finn has been kicked out of his band. Desperate for work, he impersonates a substitute teacher and turns a class of fifth grad high-achievers into high-voltage rock and rollers.
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Comedy Mystery - This music-filled comedy is one that parents and their children can enjoy together. However, despite the family appeal, the film also has appeal to teens and young adults.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jack Black ICE AGE, ORANGE COUNTY, SHALLOW HAL
Joan Cusack WHERE THE HEART IS, TOY STORY 2, ARLINGTON ROAD
Mike White CHUCK & BUCK, THE GOOD GIRL
Sarah Silverman BULWORTH, THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY
Director: Richard Linklater WAKING LIFE, THE NEWTON BOYS
Producer: Scott Rudin THE HOURS, CHANGING LANES, SHAFT, WONDER BOYS
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Production Notes Heading
About The Story
About The Kids
Making Music
About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: A few mild profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Slapstick and verbal humor; nothing off-color.
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Above Average

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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Average "The School of Rock is feel-good tripe: a string of clichés lashed together by a formulaic plot that features underwritten characters and sit-com style humor. There are elements that keep this movie from being a complete waste of time - the musical numbers are highlights, some of the kids are cute, and there are isolated moments when the dialogue grows barbs. Nevertheless, my overall impression was not a positive one. The School of Rock is made-for-TV quality, and, if you must see it, that's the medium where it deserves to be watched.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Very Good "Jack Black is a living, breathing, sweating advertisement for the transformative power of rock 'n' roll, in The School of Rock, the first kid movie that parents will like more than their children. It is as serious as it can be about its comic subject, and never condescends to its characters or its audience. There's not a kid alive who would be anything but delighted by this film.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Very Good "If you usually find Black's oversized personality a bit too much — remember the abrasive zeal with which he insulted John Cusack's used-record-store customers in Fidelity? — you'll be between a rock and a hard theater seat here. But what a performance.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Above Average "Linklater and White showcase Black's sarcastic humor and musical talent in equal parts (the actor has his own band, Tenacious D), and those who find his crass comedy painful in large doses should be warned that he's in nearly every scene. But the kids — most of them first-timers cast for natural charisma and musical ability — steal the show, and a talented supporting cast helps take the edge off Black's manic antics.''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 157 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
13
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
41
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
32
Very High
94%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
21
High
90%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
16
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
12
Fairly High
75%
30+Adults (F)
22
High
95%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Children loved this movie and teens, especially males, weren't too far behind. Young adults and adults rated it about the same. Females seemed to enjoy it a bit more than males. About two-thirds of the females rated it very high, with just over half of the males rating it very high.

As with most movies, there were a few who didn't care for it, but they make up a very small percent of the total. So, as my prediction stated, if you can tolerate Jack Blacks wild, crazy character (which he does to perfection) then I have no doubt that you will enjoy School of Rock. It's an especially good choice for families with older children. There just aren't that many movies that both parents and older children will both enjoy.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
A fun and entertaining movie with some great rock music and lots of comedy. Jack Black does a suburb job as the wannabe rocker, but for some he may be a bit too much since he has a LOT of screen time. I generally enjoy watching him act because he seems so natural playing this type of wild crazy character. However, an hour into this movie and it was beginning to wear a little thin. Fortunately, much of the focus shifted to the band and the kids and that's when the movie really shined.

I highly recommend School of Rock for the entire family, but be sure to read the detailed content because it is a PG-13 movie.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Hell-raising guitarist Dewey Finn (Jack Black) is anti-establishment to the hilt, irreverent to the max, and he worships the power of rock and roll. With a penchant for stage-dives and 20-minute solos, Dewy is determined to lead his rock group to victory at the local Battle of the Bands.. .but his band mates fire him instead.

Down-and-out, in need of rent money and wallowing in his apartment strewn with take-out containers, Dewey picks up a phone call intended for his roommate Ned (Mike White), and impulsively accepts a job as a substitute teacher at the prestigious Horace Green Elementary School. There, by-the-book Principal Mullins (Joan Cusack) watches his every move like a hawk. But while Dewey might not have a clue how to teach, he does know how to inspire confidence in his young fifth graders. And when he accidentally overhears them performing in an orchestra class, he decides to mold these young musical prodigies into a high-voltage rock band, which will change their lives forever.

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