School of Rock

Published March 15, 2020

School of Rock

Film info

  • Title School of Rock
  • Director Richard Linklater
  • Year 2004
  • Run time 1hr 49m
  • Genres Comedy, Music
  • Tagline He just landed the gig of his life: 5th Grade!

Rock out with Jack Black in the feel-good comedy that became a Broadway musical sensation. Jack Black plays a hell-raising guitarist, kicked out of his band and desperate for work. When he pretends to be a substitute teacher, he finds a new niche in turning his fifth grade class into rock and rollers and preps them for a Battle of the Bands. The movie features a killer soundtrack including Kiss, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, The Who, The Ramones, The Black Keys, David Bowie, T-Rex, The Doors and more!

Live blog

Time Comment
2:19 Oop, he’s going full Marty McFly.
4:46 “I serve society by rocking.”
9:23 Lovely Joan!
14:01 I feel like the power has gone to his head a bit… recess all the time!
17:58 “Here’s a useful lesson for you: Just give up.” Dude.
20:23 His eyebrows! How do you do a Mexican wave with your own eyebrows?
26:32 You can’t keep a drum kit on the down low.
31:11 Groupies!
33:17 That’s how to appease the kid. “You’re in charge of everything.”
38:06 He’s so energetic!
45:28 Good soundproofing efforts.
50:23 And there’s me thinking bass face couldn’t be taught.
1:00:41 Okay, I’m not on board with telling him the kids are sick.
1:02:30 I like the mini amp, it’s cute.
1:08:12 “This is the best school I’ve ever teached at.”
1:08:56 STEVIE!
1:14:20 “No more secret songs.”
1:22:00 Teacher/student confidentiality.
1:32:28 “We didn’t come here to win, we came here to play one great show.”
1:39:46 “I’m furious. I’m horrified. But it was incredible.”


I thought this was going to be more out and out funny, but actually there were a lot of serious edges to it. Jack Black does a great job, especially considering he doesn’t really have anyone to riff off. The kids are great but not exactly comedy partners, so he’s doing a lot of work to keep things moving.

The only downside to the piece is that it felt like he didn’t really have things for all the kids to do. A handful in charge of soundproofing? And security? Not really fair. Not everyone has musical talents.

But overall, a good story, a fun watch, and lovely Joan Cusack is excellent.

Rating: 4 / 5

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