Black’s unemployed slob, Dewy Finn, needs fast bucks, and lucks into teaching a class of prepubescent stiffs. It’s no cakewalk finding favour with the kids, though, and nigh-on impossible to win over prim-and-proper Principal Mullins (Joan Cusack).
Dewy is convinced, however, that under every buttoned-down shirt there’s a rock god trying to burst out. He’s especially keen to see the children find their “inner punk”, and exploits their musical talents in a quest to win the local Battle of the Bands contest. The end result is 8 Mile meets The Breakfast Club, a fun and funky kids’ comedy from the director who brought you Dazed And Confused. –BBC Films
Self-taught writer/director Richard Linklater was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. Typically setting each of his movies during one 24-hour period, Linklater’s work explored what he dubbed “the youth rebellion continuum,” focusing in fine detail on generational rites and mores with rare compassion and understanding while definitively capturing the twenty-something culture of his era through a series of nuanced, illuminating ensemble pieces which introduced any number of talented young actors into the Hollywood firmament. Born in Houston, TX, in 1960, Linklater suspended his educational career at Sam Houston State University to work on an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. He subsequently relocated to the state’s capital of Austin, where he founded a film society and began work on his debut short film, 1987’s It’s Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books. Three years later he released the sprawling… read more