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School of Rock (2003)

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The School Of Rock Rated PG-13; running time of 108 minutes
Genre: Comedy
Written by: Mike White
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Cast: Jack Black, Mike White, Joan Cusack, Zack Denny, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Alexander Clark, Miranda Cosgrove, Joey Gaydos, Cole Hawkins

WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

Dewey Finn (Jack Black) lives for Rock and Roll. Not that namby-pamby Nirvana stuff, mind you, but hard rock - Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Metallica. He dreams of making it big and has devoted everything to his band which makes it hurt even more when his band kicks him to the curb.

Losing this gig is the final straw for his best friends over bearing girlfriend, Patty (Sarah Silverman) and she demands that Ned (Mike White) kick Dewey out. Mike gives Dewey one last chance he has to find a job or get out. Besides Ned tells him, look at him he is a substitute teacher now - he has been able to successfully leave his hard rocking days behind him.

Ned doesn't count on Dewey taking his advice, his identity, and his reputation. Which is exactly what Dewey does when Rosalie Mullins ( Joan Cusack) calls to offer Ned Schneebly a job. She has heard of his reputation and she needs a substitute teacher for her prestigious private school. Dewey accepts the position and shows up to the school as Ned. He promptly decides that curriculum is too stuffy. The kids don't need to learn Math, they need Rock 101. This is something he can teach and just maybe he can make a rock band out of the kids and then win the local battle of the bands.

Can the kids get it together and when the contest or will it all unravel when the truth about Dewey comes out?

The Dish

Jack Black was in his element. You quickly forget that there is no way a principle is going to allow that charade to continue after she has so many doubts about his personal character. Jack Black is charming and funny and you can't help but love him. Joan Cusack has yet another quirky and lovable character under her belt. And I must point out how talented those kids were. For the most part this was a thoroughly enjoyable movie.

For the most part... yes there are some issues. I could not quickly forget that there is no way a principle is going to allow that charade to continue after she has so many doubts about his personal character. I also had issues with the character of Patty. She was boss and petty to the point where I kept expecting her to go "neener neener neener" this was distracting enough to take away from the movie.

The Directive

In the large scheme of things my complaints are really minor. This movie is still very much worth seeing.

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Lesson learned.


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