School of Rock
Release year: 2003
Director: Richard Linklater
Screenwriter: Mike White
Starring: Jack Black, Mike White, Sarah Silverman, Joan Cusack, Miranda Cosgrove, Robert Tsai, Kevin Alexander Clark
Ratings: 1 Golden Globe nomination: Best Actor Comedy/Musical (Jack Black).
When rocker/slacker Dewey Finn (Jack Black) is kicked out of the band he himself created and the apartment of best friend Ned (Mike White) whose girlfriend is fed up with the free-loading friend, he is in dire need of a job. When a school calls for Ned to substitute Dewey pretends to be Ned and takes the job. Expecting an easy job, Dewey is surprised to meet a class with great musical talents and soon he sees possibilities to gain the fame he yearns.
Inspired by the Langley Schools Music project (a collection of recordings of children’s choruses singing pop hit from 1976-1977 which were found and re-released 25 years later) White (The Good Girl, 2002) reunited with his Orange County (2002) for this rock-loving musical for the entire family. Black (Shallow Hal, 2001) and his goofy comedy style is a great match for the obvious entertained bunch of talented kids and his musical talents far than enough to handle his part as rock musician wannabe. Writer White plays Dewey’s friend getting walked over by both Dewey and his girlfriend (a bitchy Silverman (School for Scoundrels, 2006) while the movie is directed by Linklater, more known for his romantic dramas Before Sunrise (1995) and their sequels. But he handles the humour satisfactorily, well that is, he manage to keep Black in bay, making the movie a charming vehicle for the lively comedian and a feel-good movie for the entire family.
The rock band Led Zeppelin are notoriously hesitant to allow their music to be licensed for commercial purposes. Knowing this, Richard Linklater filmed a plea by actor Jack Black in front of 1,000 screaming fans, imploring the band to let the production use the “Immigrant Song” in the movie. The plea worked and the filmed request is included on the DVD.
Picture copyrights: UIP