Like most of Linklaters' films, in capsule description it sound interminable - "An emotionally arrested slacker teaches a bunch of preppy rich kids the meaning of ROCK" - but in execution is surprisingly engaging, even endearing! It helps that I have a friend who is very close to Jack Black's character here, but mainly its the combination of energy and lightness and near-perfect casting. A very minor film well done.
Comedy with high potential as it tells about a neglected but important music genre for the bubblegum internet generation of today that the mainstream music industry want to bury today. Sadly it ends up being only a different kind-of "Kindergarten Cop" with Jack Black doing a one-man show trying to steal the spotlight from some much younger talented actor and actresses. Could have been so much better.
Un piccolo film con un grande cuore. Una favola contemporanea basata su riff di chitarra, imponenti grancasse e corde di nichel e nylon pizzicate, raccontata in maniera esilarante da un Jack Black più rock che mai. Se lo scopo è davvero quello di far vedere il dito medio al Potente, con questo film Linklater glieli ha mostrati entrambi. Rock on!
Richard Linklater's most mainstream film is also one of his least good ones. That is what I love about Linklater's work. He can go from Jack Black comedies to super experimental films and ambitious years long projects. This film is definitely Linklater having fun and doing something different (and getting a higher pay). School of Rock is a pretty cool and entertaining watch but kind of forgettable. Still 3.5 stars!
The preeminent "Children's Intro to Being Punk As Fuck." I remember in my later teen years I was a little fixated on being indie cool, and so was a bit put off by the "rock canon" on display, but in my wiser years I have an appreciation for a movie that throws Zep, Ministry, Fugazi, Buzzcocks, and Stevie Nicks into the heap. Minus a star for the sexist, offensive wastage of Sarah Silverman as a shrieking harpy.
Naysayers jog on, Dewey redefines pedagogy, showcasing how maverick methods of education do have their place. Sub-cultural references to bands like Fugazi, Silverman's antagonist role confronting Black's, mind-maps on music sub-genres, ideological nuance showcasing positive subversion, all shine through. Linklater clearly makes a good father.