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School of Rock Review

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  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The School of Rock was made by gifted veterans of the American indie scene, but it's still the most unlikely great movie of the year.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This joyous farce is a big, big deal, and Jack Black is nothing less than majestic as a scruffy, irreverent rocker passing himself off as a pedagogue in a private school.

  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The film hits another comic mother lode in the byplay between Black and Cusack.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    It plays even more like a bent version of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" for the new millennium. Slinging a line of bull but displaying genuine affection for the youngsters he's bamboozling.

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OK for kids 12+

Standout Jack Black in nerds-become-cool comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

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. 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."

  • Families can talk about how much Dewey loves rock 'n' roll. Why is it so important to him? What does it allow him to express?
  • How does School of Rock compare with other movies you've seen about starting or performing in a band?
  • What's the most important thing Dewy learns from the kids, and what is the most important thing they learn from him?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: While intended to entertain, the film, directly and indirectly, name-drops literally hundreds of bands from the past and bands closer to 2003, when School of Rock was released. 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.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: With long hours of practice and dedication, bands improve over time. It's important for kids to follow their dreams, and to apply their talents to their fullest potential.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

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

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not applicable

  • language false2

    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.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Band stickers are pretty much everywhere in the film except for the prep school.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: 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 affect the Stevie Nicks song on the jukebox has on her.