School of Rock Reviews
After being fired by his own band, Dewey Finn dishonestly intercepts a temporary job meant for his roommate, Ned Schneebly (Mike White) as the substitute teacher in a high society private school where he ends up teaching his students the Art, Math, and Science of Rock N Roll by starting a class rock band. With the local battle of the bands on the horizon -- one of the main contestants being Dewey's former band -- the stakes are set high for these bright minded students. With his pride at stake and in the hands of these talented 10 year olds Dewey begins preparing his students to compete in the Battle of the Bands.
One example of the cleverness of this movie is Dewey's attempt to receive permission from Principle Mullins for a class "Field Trip" which is actually the Battle of the Bands. After learning of the usually stern Principle Mullins' wild side, Dewey brings her to a bar to see if he can get her to loosen up after a few drinks and agree to have his students released for the trip. Hilariously, his plot ends up working but not without a healthy dose of twists and dilemmas when he is later exposed as a fraud. All of the gut wrenching but clever turns pay off in the end when each student gets an opportunity to lift their washed out substitute teacher by shredding in the Battle of the Bands in front of their formerly unsupportive parents and principle.
Many critics have already said that this movie is perfect for any age and regardless of a light peppering of mature humor. Dewey's quick wit does a great job of cushioning the blow turning very mature subjects into elementary terms although not very accurately at times. Any kid could get just as much enjoyment out of School of Rock as I have. Linklater does a great job of helping us relate to each set of characters on the screen. Each of us has a little Dewey Finn rebellion in us, maybe we've grown a little too stiff and responsible like Principle Mullins, or we feel like these innocent kids, still moldable and hopeful for the future. I feel most of the enjoyment from School of Rock comes from identifying yourself in each of these characters. That quality is something that has the potential to last for a lifetime.