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School of Rock

School of Rock official movie poster
Directed by Richard Linklater
Produced by Scott Aversano
Steve Nicolaides
Scott Rudin
Written by Mike White
Starring Jack Black
Joan Cusack
Mike White
Sarah Silverman
Music by Jack Black
Cinematography Rogier Stoffers
Editing by Sandra Adair
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) October 3, 2003
Running time 104 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $35,000,000
($USD, estimated) [1]
Gross revenue $131,282,949 (worldwide)
Official website
IMDb profile

School of Rock is a 2003 American comedy film starring Jack Black. The film was written specifically for Black by Mike White and directed by Richard Linklater. School of Rock features musical prodigies, aged between ten and fourteen, who play guitar, drums, and keyboard remarkably well, in addition to having real vocalists. Promotional poster for the movie School of Rock File links The following pages link to this file: The School of Rock ... Richard Rick Linklater (born July 30, 1961, in Houston, Texas) is an Academy Award nominated American film director and writer. ... Scott Aversano, b. ... Scott Rudin (born July 14, 1958) is an American motion picture producer and theatre producer known for his award-winning films and Broadway plays and also for his legendary temper. ... Michael Christopher White (born June 28, 1970) is an American writer, actor, director, and producer for television and film. ... For other persons named Jack Black, see Jack Black (disambiguation). ... Joan Mary Cusack (born October 11, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress and comedian. ... Michael Christopher White (born June 28, 1970) is an American writer, actor, director, and producer for television and film. ... Sarah Kate Silverman (born December 1, 1970) is an American comedian, writer, and actor. ... For other persons named Jack Black, see Jack Black (disambiguation). ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 2003 in film involved some significant events. ... Comedy film is genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humor. ... Jack Black (born Thomas J. Black, Jr. ... Michael Christopher White (born June 28, 1970) is an American writer, actor, director, and producer for television and film. ... Richard Rick Linklater (born July 30, 1961, in Houston, Texas) is an Academy Award nominated American film director and writer. ... Wunderkind redirects here. ...


The film was very well-received by critics, gaining a 91% rating at Rotten Tomatoes.[2] It was number 98 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies".[3] This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the U.S. cable network. ...

Contents

Plot

Dewey Finn (Jack Black), a flamboyant and hyperactive heavy metal/hard rock singer and guitarist, is kicked out of his band, "No Vacancy", by the rest of the members for his arrogance and frequent stage antics, which had just caused them to be thrown out of the club they were performing at the previous night. His roommate Ned Schneebly (Mike White), a former rock musician who had left his past behind and became a substitute teacher, threatens Dewey with eviction under heavy pressure from Ned's overbearing girlfriend Patty (Sarah Silverman) unless Dewey "gets a real job" and pays his rent debt of $2,200. Ned suggests selling one of his guitars instead, but Dewey is disdainful of this idea ("Would you tell Picasso to sell one of his guitars?"). Dewey feels forced to give up his passion until he intercepts a phone call to Ned from the principal (Joan Cusack) of Horace Green Elementary, a highly prestigious prep school, asking Ned to fill in for a teacher who had been in an accident and would be out for several weeks. Dewey gets the idea to impersonate his roommate and take the job as a substitute teacher for the fifth-grade class. For other persons named Jack Black, see Jack Black (disambiguation). ... Heavy metal redirects here. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... For the UK magazine, see Guitarist (magazine). ... Michael Christopher White (born June 28, 1970) is an American writer, actor, director, and producer for television and film. ... Sarah Kate Silverman (born December 1, 1970) is an American comedian, writer, and actor. ... Picasso redirects here. ... Joan Mary Cusack (born October 11, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress and comedian. ... A university-preparatory school or college-preparatory school (usually abbreviated to preparatory school, college prep school, or prep school) is a private secondary school designed to prepare a student for higher education. ...


Dewey's only goal as a teacher is to expend as little effort as possible. However, one day he overhears the kids playing in music class and realizes that some of the kids in the class have musical talent. He decides to turn his temporary job into what he tells them is a special class project, but is actually a personal one: to turn a classroom full of kids into a rock band and crew, complete with a ten-year-old manager (played by Miranda Cosgrove) which will serve as a vehicle to stardom, ultimately to win the upcoming "Battle of the Bands," where he is out to avenge his eviction from his old band. Miranda Taylor Cosgrove[1] (born May 14, 1993 in Los Angeles, California) is an American child actress and singer. ... Battle of the Bands is a generic term for a contest in which many bands, usually rock/guitar bands but often from a range of different styles, compete for the title of best band. The winner is determined by a panel of judges, the general response of the audience, or...


After realizing that most of the kids are into pop and contemporary music, Dewey turns the school days into lessons of rock history and music playing, exposing his students to those artists he regards as rock legends. Five rock stars are featured with classic footage in the movie: Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend, Angus Young, Keith Moon and Kurt Cobain. In addition, during a montage, the drummer, Freddy, is seen watching footage of the famous drum battle between Buddy Rich and Ed Shaughnessy. Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter. ... Pete Townshend (born Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend on 19 May 1945 in Chiswick, London), is an award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer, and writer. ... Angus Young (born on 31 March 1955) is a guitarist, songwriter, and co-founder of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, known for his wild stage energy and schoolboy-uniform stage outfits. ... Keith Moon at his Pictures of Lily-drumkit Keith John Moon (August 23, 1946 – September 7, 1978) was the drummer of the rock group The Who. ... Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – c. ... Bernard Buddy Rich (September 30, 1917 Brooklyn, New York – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. ... Edwin Thomas Ed Shaughnessy (b. ...


Dewey watches as his students begin to discover the power of rock music. When the principal meets with him to check on their progress, Dewey attempts to revive any old love for rock he finds in her. Finally, the kids audition for the Battle of the Bands, which Dewey told them was their "school project." They are turned back because they show up too late. Dewey persuades the Battle's managers that the students are all terminally ill, and out of compassion, they allow the students to perform in the Battle of the Bands. However, during a parent-teacher night in which he meets the students' parents, Ned appears and confronts him, his real identity is revealed, and he is thrown out of the school. Considering himself a failure, he falls into a funk, and pulls himself out only when the students, on their way to the contest, plead with him to join them for the Battle of the Bands.


The movie culminates in the musical playoff, where, instead of playing Dewey's "Legend of the Rent" they play "School of Rock", a song written by young band member Zack Mooneyham. The class loses the contest to Dewey's old band. But the students can accept their defeat because Dewey's "School of Rock" has increased their self-esteem, and given them an understanding that rock transcends traditional notions of success and failure (Freddy the drummer: "Rock isn't about getting an A. The Sex Pistols never won anything."). The band gets an encore from the crowd and plays "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" by AC/DC, with some of the lyrics altered. This scene fades to the credits, which play over the next scene. Sex Pistols are an iconic and highly influential English punk rock band, formed in London in 1975. ... Its A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock n Roll) is a song by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It is the first track of their Australian album T.N.T., released in December 1975 (see 1975 in music), and was written by Angus Young...


The last scene features Dewey and Ned's apartment being turned into a temporary 'School of Rock' after school activity, where Ned revives his rock passion in the form of a guitar tuition program. The footage featuring Dewey and the kids playing "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" in the apartment was almost entirely improvised, and breaks the fourth wall as Marta (one of the vocalists) sings that "the movie is over, but we're still on screen" during her solo, and Dewey tells the audience that "it's time to go now... the people gotta come in for the next show!" The fourth wall is the imaginary invisible wall at the front of the stage in a proscenium theater, through which the audience sees the action in the world of the play. ...


Characters

The School of Rock

  • Dewey Finn (Jack Black) - Nicknamed "Mr S" after persuading the class that he is the real Ned Schneebly (he was unable to spell the surname), Dewey is a down-on-his-luck, dead beat, wannabe rock superstar. When his roommate Ned's girlfriend demands he pay up his share of the rent or get out, he pretends to be Ned as a substitute at the high-brow Horace Green Elementary.
  • Summer Hathaway (Miranda Cosgrove) - (Nicknamed "Tinkerbell") The class factotum (whom Dewey ignorantly calls 'factotor'), Summer is determined to please and succeed, even if it means using somewhat unethical means. She is designated by Dewey as the band manager, and during the later half of the movie, Dewey says, "Summer is going to be the first woman president of the United States."
  • Zack Mooneyham (Joey Gaydos Jr.) - (Nicknamed "Zack Attack") The talented but shy lead guitarist of the School of Rock. Dewey is quoted saying "He's the next Hendrix" about Zack during the later half of the movie.
  • Freddy Jones (Kevin Clark) - (Nicknamed "Spazzy McGee") The "rebel without a cause" and somewhat of a troublemaker, is the drummer of the School of Rock.
  • Katie (Rebecca Julia Brown) - (Nicknamed "Posh Spice") Originally a cellist, Katie takes up the bass guitar. Despite being a core member, her character does not really have many lines because she's portrayed as a quiet girl, but eagerly takes interest in rock music, citing Sheila E and Meg White as "good chick drummers".
  • Lawrence (Robert Tsai) - (Nicknamed "Mr. Cool") A quiet "nerd" who becomes the keyboardist for the band.
  • Tomika (Maryam Hassan) - (Nicknamed "Turkey Sub") Shy about her physique, later becomes "Songbird" after Dewey discovers her amazing singing talent.
  • Marta (Caitlin Hale) - (Nicknamed "Blondie") Marta is another back-up singer, showing off her voice with "Tomorrow" from the musical Annie.
  • Alicia (Aleisha Allen) - (Nicknamed "Braceface") Alicia volunteers her singing voice to become a back-up singer, "auditioning" with Amazing Grace.
  • Billy (Brian Falduto) - (Nicknamed "Fancy Pants") Originally assigned security, the effeminate Billy requests he be band stylist instead and does.
  • Gordon (Zachary Infante) - (Nicknamed "Road Runner") Gordon is a roadie and is noted for his exceptional computer skills. He made the light show in "Battle of the Bands"
  • Marco (James Hosey) - (Nicknamed "Carrot Top") Also a roadie with Gordon. He works the smoke machine during the Battle Of The Bands performance.
  • Frankie (Angelo Massagli) - (Nicknamed "Tough Guy") At the beginning of the film, it appears he is good friends with Freddy, and the one who interacts/ jokes with him the most. He works on security.
  • Leonard (Cole Hawkins) - (Nicknamed "Short Stop") He works on security along with Frankie.
  • Eleni and Michelle (Veronica Afflerbach and Jordan-Claire Green) - Designated the groupies by Dewey, they are given the task of naming the band.

For other persons named Jack Black, see Jack Black (disambiguation). ... Miranda Taylor Cosgrove[1] (born May 14, 1993 in Los Angeles, California) is an American child actress and singer. ... Factotum is a 1975 novel by Charles Bukowski in which Henry Chinaski, Bukowskis alter ego, gets and loses jobs. ... Joey Gaydos Jr. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Rebecca Julia Brown (born 18 August 1992, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actress and musician. ... Victoria Caroline Beckham (born as Adams, April 17th 1974-) is a British singer, originally in the girl band the Spice Girls, where she was known as Posh Spice. ... Alternate meaning: Cello web browser A cropped image to show the relative size of a cello to a human (Uncropped Version) The cello (also violoncello or cello) is a stringed instrument and part of the violin family. ... A sunburst-colored Fender Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass[1][2]; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... Sheila Escovedo (born December 12, 1957), better known as Sheila E., is the daughter of percussionist Pete Escovedo, with whom she frequently performs. ... Megan Martha White (born December 10, 1974 in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan) is best known as the drummer and backing vocalist of Detroit rock duo The White Stripes. ... For other uses, see Nerd (disambiguation). ... Caitlin Hale ( born c1991 in Ansonia, Connecticut, USA) is an american actress who is most noted for her role as Marta in School of Rock at age 12. ... For other uses, see Annie (disambiguation). ... Allen in School of Rock Aleisha Allen is an American actress (born on April 28, 1991). ... For other uses, see Amazing Grace (disambiguation). ... A smoke machine is a piece of equipment which generates fog (artificial smoke). ... Cole Hawkins (b. ... Jordan-Claire Green (born on October 31, 1991 in Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal) is an American actress, who smokes crack, a musician and singer. ... A groupie is a person who, while he/she may be a fan at some level, seeks intimacy (most often physical, sometimes emotional) with a famous person. ...

Other

  • Rosalie Mullins (Joan Cusack) - The very uptight principal of Horace Green Elementary. It is revealed that she was "not always wound this tight", but the pressure of the parents for everything to be perfect has made her into someone she never wanted to be.
  • Ned Schneebly (Mike White) - Ned is Dewey's roommate and best friend.
  • Patty Di Marco (Sarah Silverman) - Patty works for the mayor and is Ned's girlfriend. She hates Dewey, constantly berating him for his lack of a proper job and inability to pay rent.
  • Theo (Adam Pascal) - Theo is the leader of Dewey's old band "No Vacancy", and is the first one who suggested kicking Dewey out. During the end of the movie, Theo and his band-members are very impressed with the performance which the children (of Dewey's band School of Rock) had put up and they personally congratulate/admire them.

Joan Mary Cusack (born October 11, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress and comedian. ... Michael Christopher White (born June 28, 1970) is an American writer, actor, director, and producer for television and film. ... Sarah Kate Silverman (born December 1, 1970) is an American comedian, writer, and actor. ... Adam Pascal Adam Pascal (born October 25, 1970) is an American actor, best known for being the first to play the role of Roger Davis in the Jonathan Larson musical Rent on Broadway. ...

Parents

  • Tomika's Mother (Suzzanne Douglass)
  • Zack's Father (Tim Hopper)
  • Alicia's Mother (Sharon Washington)
  • Leonard's Mother (Kim Brockington)
  • Freddy's Mother (Kathleen McNenny)
  • Summer's Mother (Joanna Adler)
  • Lawrence's Father (Robert Lin)
  • Billy's Mother (Jane DeNoble) (uncredited)

Suzzanne Douglass (born April 12, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois) is an African-American film and television actress, best known for her role in the films The Inkwell, Jasons Lyric, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back. ...

Title

Although a few references, including Internet Movie Database, give this film's name as The School of Rock, its posters, video cover, official website and most other references refer to it as School of Rock. A making-of documentary included in the film's DVD mentions that in the script, everything was always referred to as The School of Rock, but as the movie got into production, there was a memo to change it officially to School of Rock. There was a short-lived debate about having the red title display in the movie's opening credits modified, because despite already permanently submitted to calling it School of Rock, it already had the The in the film's trailers. Linklater decided in the end to just leave it, marking the whole thing "silly."[4] The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...


Production

The film was sponsored by instrument manufacturers Marshall and Gibson USA. Most of the guitars the actors use are manufactured by Gibson (including Dewey's own natural finish SG), and almost all the amplifiers in the movie are made by Marshall. The exceptions are Katie's bass guitar, a Framus Star, a red Fender Telecaster, used by Spider, a Fender '62 Precision Bass used by Neil, visible in the opening band practice scene, and what appear to be several Fender Super Reverbs, Ampeg amplifiers used by both Neil and Katie, and a Randall amp. In conjunction with the movie's release, Guitar Center held a contest to give away a cherry Gibson SG; the same used by Black in the movie. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Gibson Guitar Corporation, of Nashville, Tennessee, USA, is a manufacturer of acoustic and electric guitars. ... The Gibson SG is a popular model of solid-bodied electric guitar that was introduced in the early 1960s. ... Framus is a German guitar, bass, and banjo manufacturing company, that existed from 1946 until going bankrupt in 1975. ... The Fender Telecaster, also known as a Tele, is typically a dual-pickup, solid-body electric guitar made by Fender. ... Fender redirects here. ... Categories: Music stubs | Electric bass guitars ... Ampeg is an instrument amplifier manufacturer. ...


All the music played by the child actors in the film was performed by the children. Jack Black admitted that he was still learning how to play the electric guitar and claims that the kids in the film were much better than he was. However, he said he loves doing solo parts and plays the acoustic guitar more than he does electric.


The movie was filmed and set all over Staten Island. This article is about the borough in New York City. ...


Awards and nominations

The film has been nominated for several awards, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor - Comedy or Musical, and won Black an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance. The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The 2004 MTV Movie Awards was hosted by Lindsay Lohan and featured performances by Beastie Boys, D12, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. ...


Soundtrack

The film is one of the few to feature a Led Zeppelin song. Led Zeppelin is known for not licensing their music, and knowing this, Richard Linklater filmed a plea by actor Jack Black in front of 1,000 screaming fans, imploring the band to let the film production use the "Immigrant Song" in the movie. The plea worked and the filmed request is included on the DVD. School of Rock is the original soundtrack album of the film of the same title starring Jack Black whose character is into rock and roll and decides to teach a prep school class what its all about. ... For the bands 1969 eponymous debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... Immigrant Song is the opening track on English rock band Led Zeppelins third album, Led Zeppelin III, written and released in 1970. ...


References

  1. ^ Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on June 26, 2007.
  2. ^ www.rottentomatoes.com/m/school_of_rock/. Retrieved on 2007-08-04.
  3. ^ boards.boston.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?nav=messages&tsn=1&tid=231&webtag=bc-movies. Retrieved on 2007-05-24.
  4. ^ www.dvdmg.com/schoolofrock.shtml. Retrieved on 2007-05-24.

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Preceded by
The Rundown
Box office number-one films of 2003 (USA)
October 5, 2003
Succeeded by
Kill Bill Volume 1

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