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School of Rock [DVD] [2004]

Jack Black , Mike White , Richard Linklater    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jack Black, Mike White, Joan Cusack
  • Directors: Richard Linklater
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Icelandic
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 12 July 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001KO8E8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,474 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Turbo-charged comic Jack Black shakes School of Rock to its foundations, wailing with born-again metalhead passion as Dewey Finn, a guitarist who gets kicked out of a band because he grandstands too much--or, to put it another way, enjoys himself. Through an intercepted phone call, Finn gets a job as a substitute teacher for a fifth grade class at a private grade school. Neither students nor teacher quite know what to do with each other until Finn discovers that some of his young charges can play instruments; at once he starts turning them into a blistering rock & roll troupe that can crush his former band at an upcoming competition. School of Rock is silly and formulaic, but director Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused), writer Mike White (The Good Girl), and especially Black and co-star Joan Cusack invest the formulas with such glee that the movie is irresistibly fun. --Bret Fetzer

On the DVD: Like the movie, the DVD extras are smarter and a lot more entertaining than your average flick. The making-of feature ("Lessons Learned") has the usual behind-the-scenes banter but Jack Black is in fine form--that is, something special--interviewing as much as being interviewed about the making of the film. His unique pitch to Led Zeppelin to use their song is alone worth the price of the DVD. Black is more his maniacal self and a bit more grating in MTV's Diary segment, but his commentary track with director Richard Linklater is as insightful as it is funny. Ok, it's a lot more funny, but entertaining throughout. The commentary track featuring just the kid actors is less so, but any preteen would love listening to it. To top it off, the DVD-ROM has Dewey Finn's instantly famous blackboard history of rock. You can drill down to the bands mentioned and get a brief history of each. --Doug Thomas

Product Description

Recently fired from his rock band, Dewey Finn takes a job as a 4th grade teacher at an uptight private school where his free-spirite d attitude and shenanigans cause the students to discover other sides of themselves. Dewey forms a rock band with his students to wi n a Battle of the Bands, help get himself out of debt and re-establish himself as a musician.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 24 July 2004
By R. Haig
Format:DVD
"School of Rock" isn't going to win Oscars, but its feel good, laugh-out-loud formula is guaranteed to win you over.
Black puts on a likable performance as the hapless would-be-teacher, the young actors and actresses do an excellent job as his pupils, and the music is great. What more do you want?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of life's guilty pleasures! 14 Dec 2006
Format:DVD
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!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Led Poet's Society? 21 Mar 2004
Format:DVD
One of the most purely enjoyable films that I've ever seen. Jack Black is at his manic best, the kids are cute without being cloying and the soundtrack truly rocks! This film will be sure to have you rushing home to dig out your old vinyl copies of "Back In Black" and "Led Zeppelin II".
For those about to watch...I salute you...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The kids said I'd like it 23 Dec 2009
Format:DVD
Watched this because the kids said I'd like it and they were right. Feel good movie - Jack Black great!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Playing to every music-loving ten-year-old's fantasies, this Richard Linklater film pokes fun at school administrators, pushy parents, kids forced into adult molds too soon, an educational establishment which allows little room for fun in the classroom, and a kid's desire to live a life that's secret from his parents. Great fun to watch and often very funny, the film is full of clichés and stereotyped characters, but that's why it works so well for kids--they can see aspects of themselves in several characters, recognize their own insecurities, but see that life is fun.
Dewey Finn (Jack Black), a manic rock-and-roll wannabe who has lost his job, intercepts a phone call to his roommate, Ned Schneebly (Mike White), about a substitute teaching job at an elite urban prep school and, desperately needing cash, takes the job teaching uptight fifth graders with highly motivated parents. Pretending to be Ned and ostensibly teaching the fifth grade core curriculum, he quickly discovers the musical talents of his students, most of whom have been studying serious classical music. Believing they need to be loosened up, he abandons the curriculum and turns his class into a school of rock, hiding his efforts from the principal (neurotically played by Joan Cusack).
Black is off-the-wall with his manic energy, his mugging, and his free-wheeling heavy-metal style, and his good intentions are so obvious from the outset, that even adult viewers, firmly grounded in reality, get caught up in the fun. The kids are terrific as they break out of the molds into which they have been forced by their parents and school and, of course, they become better human beings in the process. Black is so outrageous--and so completely himself--that even the youngest viewer will see him as larger than life.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love this film! 23 May 2006
By SimonP
Format:DVD
This film is such an absolute piece of brilliance! It just seems to leave you feeling really happy! It has loads of great laughs in it, it has an awesome rocking soundtrack and the songs stick in your head for ages afterwards!

Jack Black has a huge amount of charisma in the film, and his acting along with the rest of the cast is spot on. I'm happy to see this film many times over (a reason to buy the DVD) - it's just an extremely well made and enjoyable film!

If you haven't seen this, I recommend it as a must see movie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You are not hardcore unless you live hardcore. 15 Jun 2014
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The perfect vehicle for Jack Black, a film to show that given the right material he’s a bona fide comedic actor of some worth. Plot has Black as Dewey Finn, a wastrel musician who has no job prospects and who spends his time mooching off of his best mate Ned Sheebly (Mike White). When Dewey is fired from his rock band he’s left in limbo and in danger of being homeless. But when he answers a phone call offering Ned a job assignment, Dewey decides to take it upon himself to impersonate Ned and take the employment himself; as a schoolteacher!

So it’s Jack Black in a classroom full of kids, it probably shouldn’t work, and even might seem like some sort of cruel and unusual punishment to anyone with an aversion to Black, but this is feel good nirvana and a paean to rock and roll. It’s perhaps unsurprising that it’s crammed with clichés from the classroom splinter of moviedom, the kids a roll call of characters we have seen numerous times. The spoilt swot, the roughneck, the one suffering parental peer pressure, the weight issue one and on it goes, but boy can they play music when Dewey takes them out of classical mode and into rock central.

How nice to find that director Richard Linklater and writer Mike White have managed to rise above the clichés and avoid syrupy fodder, there’s such a zest and earnestness to it all, and the kids acting is high in quality as well, led by the big kid himself, Black on full tilt. But most of all, even as the morals and life affirming threads come wading in with the pulsing rock soundtrack, it’s a very funny picture, the gag quota enormously high. Be it Black trying to bluff the kids, the kids trying to bluff everyone else - or the wonderful Joan Cusack as the scatty stickler for the rules Principal Mullins – a laugh is never far away. Rock on! 8.5/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!!!!
OMG I love this film! Its probably the best one I have seen this year! Trust me, even if you are a comedian you will laugh at this, such a good movie and Jack Black is an absolute... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Shirley Mary Hobbins
5.0 out of 5 stars brill
brilliant film
Published 7 days ago by sarah morris
5.0 out of 5 stars School of Rock (DVD)
Really good DVD. Funny, and a lot of good stuff. The actors and actresses pl;ay their respective parts very well, Well worth buying.
Published 15 days ago by wullie
5.0 out of 5 stars Verrrrry funny...
I've only just watched this film, heard about it before, but just hadn't seen it. Our friends advised us to watch, so we did with them. Absolutely loved it! Read more
Published 2 months ago by cusacklover
5.0 out of 5 stars film
My grandsons copy got damaged in a house flood so was over the moon when i gave him a new copy
Published 4 months ago by sue mcauley
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie
This was a fun movie I bought for my children (10 years),. The whole family enjoyed it for film night.
Published 6 months ago by H. McIntosh
5.0 out of 5 stars great
My Daughter enjoys watching this again and again . It is brilliant and extremely good entertainment for her . a great buy !
Published 6 months ago by T. A. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
My son asked for this! He absolutely loves it and he is 25 years old!! Its because he's in a band but the film is great with a great story and music as well which is well played!
Published 6 months ago by Susan Kaye
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Love this movie! As well as been an entertaining film there are so many lessons in music and life your kids can learn.
Published 7 months ago by Jeff Hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny movie
Jack black was awesome in this movie, will be one of those films which will always be shown in years to come.
Published 7 months ago by Michael Mulvihill
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