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