School of Rock

  • School of Rock
  • Jack Black, Mike White, Joan Cusack
  • Directed by Richard Linklater

Hail! Hail! Jack Black: He's the clown king of rock & roll. Black is ideally cast as Dewey Finn, a metal-head who's just been fired by his no-talent band. Since he needs rent money, Dewey scams a job teaching nerdy fifth-graders at a prep school run by a tight-passed principal (the ever-hilarious Joan Cusack). When the kids get tired of all-day recess, Dewey teaches them rock & roll, Led Zep-style. This is pretty tame stuff for a wild man like Black, not to mention screenwriter Mike White. (Chuck and Buck The Good Girl) and indie director Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Waking Life) -- kid-friendly crowd pleasers are hardly their meat. But even education can't kill the demon of fun in Black. Enroll in his class and you won't stop laughing.

From The Archives Issue 934: October 30, 2003