There's some things in life that you know you shouldn't like, and it goes against all good sense to like. Things like 'Meat Loaf' albums, and the 'Sister Act' and 'Ghostbusters' films, and the old 'Transformers' TV series. 'School of Rock' slides into this category effortlessly.
Jack Black plays a disenchanted musician who gets kicked out of his band for being a little too stage-greedy, and uses his friend's name to get himself a job as a substitute teacher for the fifth grade in a private prep school. When he learns that the kids have some musical ability, he forms a band with them, and takes them to the Battle of the Bands competition.
The storyline is far from serious, or realistic, but it never pretends to be anything it's not. Black is actually quite convincing as Dewey Finn, and some of his speeches are hysterical. Highlights include:
'I pledge allegiance... to the band... of Mr Schneebly... I will not fight him... for creative control...'
The terrible disease the children suffer from: 'stick-it-to-da-Man-niosis'!
Superb film - I was laughing all the way through!