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School of rock - Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White, Richard Linklater

Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Take notes.

In School of rock, Dewey Finn (Jack Black) is a die-hard rock guitarist who is down and out, in need of rent money and wallowing in his apartment strewn with take-away containers.

Picking up a phone call intended for his flatmate Ned (Mike White), Dewey impulsively accepts a job as a substitute teacher at the prestigious Horace Green Elementary School. There, by-the-book Principal Mullins (Joan Cusack) watches his every move like a hawk. But while Dewey might not have a clue how to teach, he does know how to inspire confidence in his young pupils. And when he accidentally overhears them performing in an orchestra class, he decides to mould these young musical prodigies into a high-voltage rock group. His lesson: to lead the kids on to victory in the local Battle of the Bands competition.

Persons of interest

  • Jack Black .... Dewey Finn
  • Mike White .... Ned
  • Joan Cusack .... Principal Mullins
  • Sarah Silverman .... Patty
  • Kevin Alexander Clark .... Freddy Jones
  • Miranda Cosgrove .... Summer Hathaway
  • Joanna Adler .... Summer's Mother
  • Joey Gaydos .... Zack
  • Cole Hawkins .... Leonard
  • Mike White .... Screenwriter
  • Richard Linklater .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

I thought that School of rock would be one of those horrendous Hollywood "loser-who-never-grew-up meets kids-who-grew-up-too-soon and they all learn the true-meaning-of-Christmas" flicks, with rock music in lieu of Christmas carols. I wasn't far wrong but it's still pretty funny.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound
  • Disc: Single side, dual layer
  • Languages: English, French
  • Picture: Fullscreen (1.78:1), Widescreen (16:9 enhanced)
  • Special features:
    • Commentaries:
      • Jack Black and Richard Linklater
      • The kids
    • Featurettes:
      • Jack Black's pitch to Led Zeppelin
      • Kid's video diary: Toronto Film Festival piece
      • Lessons Learned in School of Rock
      • MTV diary: Jack Black
    • Music video: School of Rock
    • Trailers: Theatrical
  • Subtitles: English, English captions

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

105 minutes (1:45 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 20 November 2003
DVD retail: 30 June 2004
VHS retail: 30 June 2004

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