School of Rock Review

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by Phil Hinton Feb 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

    School of Rock Review
    Finally Jack Black gets the role he was made for! The “Tenacious D” front man and actor was responsible for stealing the show in “High Fidelity” and has provided some entertaining comedy performances in the past such as “Shallow Hal,” but here we see the real Mr Black. The screen play was written especially for the star by his ex-neighbour Mike White and is directed by Richard Linklater ("Before Sunrise").

    The story is about Dewey Finn (Black), a thirty-something Rock wannabe who's only goal in life is to serve society by rocking. He lives with his friend Ned who is a substitute teacher and Ned's overbearing girlfriend who wants the rent money, unfortunately for Dewey he has just been dumped by the band he formed for one too many stage dives. With no income to pay the rent and no way on earth that Dewey will get a job on his own initiative a chance phone call from the principal of a prep school, while Ned is out of the house, gives Dewey the chance to pretend to be his room mate and pose as a substitute teacher.

    Dewey gives his class an easy ride with recess all the time until they question why they are not learning anything, to which he gives a speech about the “man” and why MTV ruined rock for all time. Then after spying on the kids during their music lesson he hatches his latest plan to get the rent money, he will use the kids as his band and enter the “Battle of the Bands” competition to get his money. At first the kids question his motives but before long Dewey has them rocking in the classroom, telling them they are entering a music competition between other schools. The catch is that they can't tell anyone about the competition or they will be disqualified and so starts the youngsters journey into the world of rock.

    I was a little apprehensive that a movie involving kids would be a disaster and feared that it would follow the usual Hollywood sentimental schmaltzy line. However writer White manages to pull it off and avoids the usual pitfalls of the genre. And Jack Black is brilliant playing himself in the movie, if it had fallen to any other actor the film would fail, but if you have followed Blacks career with Tenacious D you will know that Rock and Black are the perfect mix for comedy gold, and that's what we get here. Rock so hard that your face melts, highly recommended!!!!!

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