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School of Rock

More funding for arts education please!


Release date: October 3, 2003
Director: Richard Linklater
Language: English

Who should watch this movie: Former band kinds. Current band kids. Punk rockers. Fans of Tenacious D. 

When should you watch this movie: When you’re feeling beaten down by neoliberal capitalism. When you need a reminder to follow your dreams. 

The sell: A passionate albeit dysfunctional musician takes a substitute teaching position and transforms his class of repressed students into a rock band. The students learn to let loose and embrace their creativity, all while teaching their “teacher” how to take responsibility. This could very well be Richard Linklater’s best work, and I’d be ready to attribute the genius of this movie to him alone were it not for a once-in-a-generation ensemble performance by Jack Black and the kids! Rarely are child actors so charismatic and in this movie, all of them are. Jack Black plays himself and it all comes together in a flurry of weird 90’s charm. (Yes, I know it came out in 2003, but close enough). School of Rock is an unpretentious comedy that manages to raise interesting questions about adulthood and societal expectations. At the foundation of it all lies a genuine love of music, and the power of expression it awards to those brave enough to create. 


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