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The School of Rock (2003)

Director:
Richard Linklater
COUNTRY
USA/Germany
GENRE
Comedy/Music
NORWEGIAN TITLE
School of Rock
RUNNING TIME
108 minutes
Producer:
Scott Rudin
Screenwriter:
Mike White


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Dewey Finn Jack Black ½
Rosalie Muffins Joan Cusack
Ned Scheebly Mike White ½

 

Review

This extremely traditionally structured film is unmistakably banal, largely predictable and archetypical to the bone, but The School of Rock never really pays much attention to any of these flaws. It unfolds naïvely and untroubled as a piece of simple entertainment intertwined with what it feels is an important tribute to classic rock and roll (mainly from the 70s). And although it might be a bit too childish for its target audience (it might have been more on target with a wee bit older kids), its charm and warmth grows on you and notches up a delightful and good-hearted finale that ultimately makes the film work. Jack Black is engaging (almost embarrassingly so) in the lead, while Joan Cusack's performance... is hard to nail down, actually.

Copyright © 15.6.2005 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang [HAVE YOUR SAY]