School of Rock

Released 2003


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Richard Linklater
School of Rock is a music comedy that came out in 2003, featuring Dewey Finn (Jack Black), a middle-aged guitarist with high hopes of reaching stardom. When Dewey is suddenly voted out of his rock band by his fellow friends, he comes up with the brilliant idea to pose as a substitute music teacher for a private elementary school. Dewey soon finds that the children in his class are very talented little artists that have a lot of potential and begins trying to form the class into the rock group that he always dreamed of being in. When a contest is made public for any aspiring rock band to compete Dewey comes up with the idea to have himself and the class compete and kill off the competition. Now finally having the chance to shine on stage, Dewey and the children begin working on the ultimate performance with all of their individual talents. Dewey is determined to do anything he has to to make their winning the grand prize possible.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A very funny for-kids-of-all-ages delight that should catapult Mr. Black straight to the top of the A-list of Hollywood funnymen.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Takes a clever premise and Black's unflagging manic energy and comes up with a pleasing mainstream comedy that uses new people and attitudes to entertain in old-fashioned ways.

  • 70

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Combined with hilarious physical business and perfectly overearnest delivery of pseudocool lines like, "Let your fingers do the rocking!," he (Black) pretty much single-handedly ke...

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Dewey: Give up, just quit, because in this life, you can't win. Yeah, you can try, but in the end you're just gonna lose, big time, because the world is run by the Man. The Man, oh, you don't know the Man. He's everywhere. In the White House... down the hall... Ms. Mullins, she's the Man. And the Man ruined the ozone, he's burning down the Amazon, and he kidnapped Shamu and put her in a chlorine tank! And there used to be a way to stick it to the Man. It was called rock 'n roll, but guess what, oh no, the Man ruined that, too, with a little thing called MTV! So don't waste your time trying to make anything cool or pure or awesome 'cause the Man is just gonna call you a fat washed up loser and crush your soul. So do yourselves a favor and just GIVE UP!

    • Miss Mullins: Sorry to interrupt, Mrs. Lemmons said that she heard music coming from the classroom.
      Dewey: Music? I didn't hear any music. Oh, uh oh, you know what, Mrs. Lemmons must be on crack, right kids? (Kids nod and murmur in agreement)

    • Dewey: Yes! But, you can't just say it, man. You've gotta feel it in you're blood and guts! If you wanna rock, you gotta break the rules. You gotta get mad at the man! And right now, I'm the man. That's right, I'm the man, and who's got the guts to tell me off? Huh? Who's gonna tell me off?
      Freddy: Shut the hell up, Schneebly!
      Dewey: That's it Freddy, that's it! Who can top him?
      Alicia: Get outta here, stupidass.
      Dewey: Yes, Alicia!
      Summer: You're a joke, you're the worst teacher I've ever had!

      Dewey: Summer, that is great! I like the delivery because I felt your anger!
      Summer: Thank you.
      Lawrence: You're a fat loser and you have body odor.
      Dewey: ...All right, all right! Now, is everybody nice and pissed off?

    • Dewey: Now, what makes you more mad than anything in the world? Billy?
      Billy: You.
      Dewey: Billy, we already told me off. Lets move on.
      Billy: You're tacky and I hate you.
      Dewey: Ok, you see me after class!

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