The School of Rock
Jack Black teaches tots how to rock in this very funny family comedy
Writer: Mike White
Starring: Jack Black, Mike White, Joan Cusack
A star, a writer and a director you'd never think would make a mainstream family comedy together have made one of the funniest mainstream family comedies of recent times.
The star is Jack Black, a funny man who finally has the comic vehicle he deserves.
The writer is Mike White, whose previous writing credits include the 2001 black comedy The Good Girl, and who puts in a great performance of his own as Black's henpecked flatmate.
And the director, bizarrely enough, is indie icon Richard "Slacker" Linklater, who, rather like Penelope "The Decline of Western Civilization" Spheeris directing Wayne's World, gives this very Hollywood film some counter-culture credibility.
The plot is basic but clever: Black, as Dewey Finn, a broke and frustrated wannabe rock star, blags his way into a teaching job at a posh private school.
Originally, he intends to sit around, do nothing and collect his pay check at the end of the term. When he realizes that the kids are talented musicians, however, he decides to use them to live out his own rock 'n' roll dreams.
Along the way, lessons are learned and tears are shed, but despite the formulaic approach the result is as funny a movie as you're likely to see this year.
PTV Rating: 4 out of 5
Czech Premiere: February 26, 2004
Czech Title: Škola Ro(c)ku
Czech Classification: 12
Runtime: 108 minutes
Video on YouTube
Movie Review: Café Society by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
Woody Allen returns to Hollywood's Golden Era for a look at the glamorous set on both coasts
Movie Review: Bridget Jones's Baby by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
Renée Zellweger is finally back after a long absence from the screen
Interview: Ted Otis on working with Jan Němec by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
Expat actor had a small but crucial role in The Wolf of Royal Vineyard Street
Movie Review: The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Vlk z Královských Vinohrad FB)
Famous Czech director has a last hurrah with a semi-autobiographical film
Czech Trekkies celebrate 50th anniversary of Star Trek by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: startrek.com)
Events include a visit from a Deep Space Nine crew member, a trip to a set and a costume party
Movie Review: Nerve by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
Techno thriller sends people on risky dares, but doesn't fulfill its own basic challenges
Movie Review: Sully by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
The 'Miracle on the Hudson' comes to the big screen courtesy of Clint Eastwood
ASEAN festival shows films for free by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
Five recent movies from Southeast Asia cover a spectrum of genres
Anthropoid to be released on national holiday by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
War drama set in Prague will hit screens on St Wenceslas Day
Movie Review: Star Trek Beyond by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
Third episode of the reboot series offers impressive action but an unmemorable plot
Petra Měchurová Hair Salon right in the historical center...
Stag Parties & Fun Events in Prague
Ready-made company from COMEFLEX
First Cobbler's Prague Bakery Cup Cake Shop @ PALLADIUM!
Premium craft brewery in Prague 4
The House of Craft Beer in Prague
Stag Parties & Fun Events
Dentist in Prague 2