School of Rock
Movie Stats & Links
||Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike
White, Sarah Silverman, Joey Gaydos Jr., Maryam Hassan
||Bring them along.
||Bring her along.
||Nothing stands out particularly,
I just liked the whole movie.
There are a couple of things that will make "School of
Rock" more enjoyable for you. One is if you have ever dreamed of being
a rock star. Another is if you were ever interested in music. Donít
let me say that without those you wonít enjoy the movie because it is
a fun story, but youíll probably be able to relate to all of the
characters involved in the movie, especially that of Dewey Finn,
played brilliantly by Jack Black, if you have the previous influences.
School of Rock
A Movie Review
"School of Rock" gives us Dewey, freshly kicked out of the band he
started. Living with his buddy Ned, heís basically a sponge, not
paying rent and living in a corner of the apartment. The problem for
Dewey is that Ned has a new girlfriend, Patty (Sarah Silverman), and
sheís demanding that Ned kick out Dewey, or that Dewey at least comes
up with some cash for rent. When Ned gets a call to be a substitute
teacher at a hoity-toity school, well, sadly, Ned isnít there to
answer the phone. In his place is Dewey who decides that he can
pretend he is Ned so he can have a job. Enter Dewey playing a grade
school teacher for a bunch of well-to-do kids. He has no plans to
teach, but oddly enough he gets an inspiration when he hears the kids
in music class. Finally he sees his dream of being in the battle of
the bands a possibility by turning his pupils into a rock band.
Now Dewey works on building the students into a rock band, but he
also realizes that to be a rock band, the kids need to learn about the
history of rock, so along with practice, promotion, and management,
Dewey sends the kids home with CDís of Led Zeppelin, Yes, and Jim
Hendrix. Sure, thereís a lot of things unbelievable here, like how can
Dewey get away with this for so long, but really this is a story about
kids being kids, some of the problems they have, especially with their
hard-driving parents, and about a dude with a dream.
My enjoyment of this movie was that Jack Black is great as Dewey,
showing that even those who come off as losers sometimes just need a
little inspiration to show they aren't such slouches after all. I also
loved that this movie let the kids be themselves. They can be
demanding, they all have problems, but mostly when you give them a
goal they can believe in, thereís pretty much nothing that can stop
You wonít be surprised at the ending for "School of Rock", itís
pretty cookie-cutter, but itís the ending you will probably want and
expect. Just sit back and enjoy a movie you can bring the kids to (Why
itís PG-13 I donít understand? It says thereís some rude humor and
drug references, but itís no worse than some of the toilet humor Iíve
witnessed in other PG films. Anyway, I digressÖ) and maybe let them
see the power of rock and roll, or at least the power of a dream. Itís
4 stars out of 5 for "School of Rock."
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!