SCHOOL OF ROCK is a hilarious romp that parents will enjoy as much as their children. Jack Black stars as Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star who doesn't seem to be rocking much of anything these days. Kicked out of the band that he started and about to be kicked out of his apartment, Dewey pretends that he's his roommate Ned Schneebly (Mike White) in order to take a job as a substitute teacher. Arriving at an ultra conservative--and ultra expensive--prep school, Dewey manages to fool the uptight principal (Joan Cusack). Soon, he finds himself in a classroom with a bunch of fifth graders. Obviously, Dewey has no intentions of teaching these kids anything, but when he discovers that a handful of them are talented musicians, a light bulb goes off. Determined to enter the local battle of the bands and win $25,000, Dewey embarks on his greatest mission of all: Teaching these kids how to rock!
Director Richard Linklater (DAZED AND CONFUSED, WAKING LIFE) delivers his most universally appealing film with SCHOOL OF ROCK. Written specifically for Black by screenwriter/actor White, this outrageously entertaining crowd-pleaser elevates Black to superstar status.
Richard Linklater - Director/Writer/"Slacker"
Joan Cusack - American actress, WORKING GIRL (1988)
Scott Rudin - Producer/Executive
Mike White - Screenwriter/actor
Scott Aversano - Executive Producer, SCHOOL OF ROCK (2003)
Miranda Cosgrove - Actor, SCHOOL OF ROCK (2003)
Jack Black - Actor, HIGH FIDELITY
Craig Wedren - Composer, WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER (2001)
Sarah Silverman - Actress
Joey Gaydes - Actor, SCHOOL OF ROCK (2003)
Theatrical Release: OCTOBER 3, 2003
"...Witty and touching....Joan Cusack is pinpoint funny..." - 10/03/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.47-8
"...Hail! Hail! Jack Black: He's the clown king of rock & roll....Enroll in his class and you won't stop laughing..." - 10/30/2003 Rolling Stone, p.100
"...A very funny for-kids-of-all-ages delight that should catapult Mr. Black straight to the top of the A-list of Hollywood funnymen..." - 10/03/2003 New York Times, p.E1
"...ROCK takes a clever premise and Black's unflagging manic energy and comes up with a pleasing mainstream comedy..." - 10/03/2003 Los Angeles Times, p.C1
"...The whole show is basically Black's....He really can riff and shriek like every bedroom Led Zep fantasist dreams of doing..." - 09/15/2003 Variety, p.21-32
"Jack Black is a living, breathing, sweating advertisement for the transformative power of rock 'n' roll..." - 10/03/2003 Chicago Sun-Times, p.36
"[A] joyous farce....The star is Jack Black, whose anarchic musician is a monster of antic id..." - 11/27/2009 Wall Street Journal