Kids Movie Review: School of Rock

Some of you know I am a big movie fan. In my personal collection I have approximately 650 DVD's. I began collecting when I didn't have a TV for ten years or so. I didn't miss the television, I missed the movies. As soon as I had a computer that could play DVD's I began collecting and before too long it became just about the only thing I spent money on; that and rent--which in NYC is always more than it should be.

My love affair with movies began when I was 4. I couldn't say what my first movie was but I certainly remember my early excitement in going to the movies. My affinity for the movies grew with each film I saw. I began making a list a young age and it became a family tradition that my grandfather and I would go out on Saturday mornings and get a hair cut and see a movie I was interested in. The usual question I get is, how could you get a haircut every Saturday? The answer is less amusing than how could my Grandfather get a hair cut every Saturday when he was practically bald.

I don't really have a favorite genre of films. I collect documentaries, dramas, Oscar winners and kids flicks--animated or otherwise and of course, comedies. Being a clown, naturally i consider myself a bit of an expert in the comedy department, so I decided to start a kids movie review to help guide my readers to the best movies to waste your time and money on.

Overtime I will figure out the best rating system. right now--I think I will give three ratings. 1. Good for kids 2. Good for adults 3. Overall rating. In order to keep things easy to understand I will adopt the school rating system of A,B,C. etc.

My first review is for School of Rock. I chose it because it is a great movie for kids and adults. alike. I firmly believe that if a movie isn't great for adults too it isn't worth recommending. Unfortunately there is no way of knowing until you have seen it. This being said, I won't be reviewing any Dora movies or the like.

On to the review---


Summary: A wanna be rocker (Jack Black) cannot pay his rent so he poses as his substitute teacher roommate (Mike White--who also wrote the screenplay) and takes a job in an upscale elementary school--think Westchester. While not taking the job very seriously he stumbles upon his students various talents in music. Seeing these young musical minds in a new light and in need of shaping (think crash course in Rock-n-Roll) and him in need of a band to win the battle of the bands, Jack Black (Dewey) corals the students and the Stern yet simple minded principle (Joan Cusack) into writing music, creating a dramatic lighting show and even auditioning downtown during school hours. A classic caper that explodes to a warm fuzzy crescendo that will have you and your child singing the title song and playing air guitar.

What will your kids take away from it:
Well first things first--this is a great film to get your kids interested in music or playing a musical instrument. There are some fatal flaws in the movie based on the fact that Dewey breaks a lot of rules and is generally a fairly selfish immature character, but of course he does come of age, sort of. It does explore the possibilities of other careers for smart musicians but the real lesson is not to get a pushy insensitive girlfriend and value your friendships of youth even if you do. A great movie to introduce your kids to the real Jack Black and not the animated panda version.

Stats:
Directed by Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, Scanner Darkly)
Also stars Sarah Silverman as the antagonistic roommate girlfriend. Adam Pascal from the Broadway musical RENT as the old band mate who fires Dewey.

Rating:
1. Good for kids--A-
2. Good for adults--A+
3. Overall rating-- A

Other movies like this one:
Kung Fu Panda
Spy High
Good Boy

1 comment:

family dvds said...

I LOVED this movie and wish I could see it for the first time again.

 

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