School of Rock

2003 PG-13 1h 48m DVD

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School of Rock

2003 PG-13 1h 48m DVD
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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.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
English
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
  • Jack Black
  • Adam Pascal
  • Lucas Papaelias
  • Chris Stack
  • Sarah Silverman
  • Mike White
  • Lucas Babin
  • Joan Cusack
  • Jordan-Claire Green
  • Veronica Afflerbach
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Reviews

age 11+

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."

Violence

Early in the film, a character dives off a stage. No one catches him and he lands on his face.

Language

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.

Consumerism

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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