Black & White
School of Rock
Review by Ross Anthony

Fun, but somewhat nerve-wracking to watch Jack Black (subbing at a prep school) do all the things you're not supposed to do as a teacher. He lies to the students, has them keep secrets from their parents, encourages swearing, shoves a kid, takes them away from school in his car on the sly.

Still, this is a comedy, and he does do some great things more teachers should do. He believes in the kids, makes learning fun, challenges them, nurtures them, treats them with respect (for the most part).

And then there's all that rock and roll. If kids don't get it, their parents might. Heavy on the AC/DC influence, if you're an Angus fan -- you'll have a great time. As a production, the film progresses in formula fashion, wrapping with, of course, a very strong rock concert climax. Though there's big room for Jack to learn his lesson, the film pretty much sidesteps that note. Loose ends are completely ignored in favor of an encore. I suppose the film is true to Rock 'n' Roll by being both fun and irresponsible.

Not only amusing, but sometimes very touching. When Jack gets a shy school girl to sing (Maryam Hassan: Tomika) her sweet soulful voice will bring tears to your eyes (I know I cried!). No sex & drugs -- just Rock 'N' Roll.

  • Very interesting notes:
  • The kids in the band are real musicians, chosen for their musical prowess.
  • Jack Black is singer/songwriter/guitarist for Tenacious D.
  • Adam Pascal is the singer/actor who fronts "No Vacancy" in the movie.
  • The song "School of Rock" was written by the NY band "The Mooney Suzuki."
  • Mike White who wrote the script for Black, also plays Ned in the movie.

  • School of Rock. Copyright © 2003. Rated PG-13.
  • Starring Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White, Sarah Silverman, Joey Gaydos Jr., Maryam Hassan, Kevin Clark, Rebecca Brown, Robert Tsai.
  • Directed by Richard Linklater.
  • Screenplay by Mike White.
  • Produced by Scott Rudin at Paramount.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)

Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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