The School of Rock

Release Date: October 3rd, 2003

DVD Release Date: March 2nd, 2004

PG-13 |1 hr 48 min

Plot Summary

Overly enthusiastic guitarist Dewey Finn (Jack Black) gets thrown out of his bar band and finds himself in desperate need of work. Posing as a substitute music teacher at an elite private elementary school, he exposes his students to the hard rock gods he idolizes and emulates -- much to the consternation of the uptight principal (Joan Cusack). As he gets his privileged and precocious charges in touch with their inner rock 'n' roll animals, he imagines redemption at a local Battle of the Bands.

Cast: Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White, Sarah Silverman, Jordan-Claire Green, Veronica Afflerbach, Miranda Cosgrove, Robert Tsai

Director: Richard Linklater

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Growing up, 2000s, School, Underdog, Deception, Charming, Rise, Offbeat

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    First and foremost a very funny film, and a very pleasant one that doesn't really have a villain. Credit for its hilarity goes largely to Black, who gives the performance of his career as a character who might have seemed merely coarse and crude in less gifted hands. show more

  • 100
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    This joyous farce is a big, big deal, and Jack Black is nothing less than majestic as a scruffy, irreverent rocker passing himself off as a pedagogue in a private school.

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    The film hits another comic mother lode in the byplay between Black and Cusack. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy