School of Rock
Fired from his band and hard up for cash, guitarist and vocalist Dewey Finn finagles his way into a job as a fourth-grade substitute teacher at a private school, where he secretly begins teaching his students the finer points of rock 'n' roll.
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- Richard Linklater
- This movie is
- 2004 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer; director/star commentary; child actors' commentary; making-of featurette; Led Zeppelin pitch; music video; video diary; interactive history of rock; Web site archive.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that School of Rock is as much a vehicle for Jack Black to make rock 'n' roll faces while playing guitar as it is hilarious fun for musicians and music fans of all ages -- even younger than the PG-13 rating would suggest. There is occasional profanity -- some of it spoken by 10-year-olds -- and Black's character freely discusses his hangovers with the class he's teaching. There are brief shots of adult characters drinking and smoking (this is about playing rock 'n' roll, after all), but nothing terribly gratuitous. Beyond this, School of Rock is an enjoyable way for kids to learn about music, and for families to talk about the amount of work and personal satisfaction that results in starting a band. Furthermore, the film addresses body issues in a positive way when one of the girls in class is afraid to sing because she thinks she's "too fat."
- Sexual Content
- Nothing at all, though one girl says groupies are "sluts."
- Early in the film, a character dives off a stage. No one catches him and he lands on his face.
- Occasional profanity: "ass," "s--t," "pissed." A 10-year-old uses the word "stupid-ass." Early in the film, the main character uses an obscene gesture, sort of. A child talks about "sluts" briefly.
- Social Behavior
- Hard work, practice, and dedication are a huge part of any success. It's important for kids to follow their dreams and to apply their talents to their fullest potential. An emphasis on finding your passion and giving it your all. Also, in a comedic manner, the roles of different instruments are discussed, and the film does touch on the work and practice required to be in a successful band. Dewey gives a body-positive pep talk to a girl who's feeling embarrassed about her weight.
- Band stickers are pretty much everywhere.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- As some of the film is set in rock clubs, characters hold beers and cigarettes. During one scene, Dewey has a beer with the principal of the school. The principal starts to act tipsy, but that could just as easily be the effect the Stevie Nicks song on the jukebox has on her.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it