*** Official SCHOOL OF ROCK Discussion Thread

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  1. ThomasC

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    I'll go check out any film by Linklater. I think he is one of the more consistant directors working today and i've liked all his films (except the Newton Boys). I also noticed that a couple of the guys gave it thumbs up ratings in the Film List Thread.
     
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    SoR was shown at the Toronto Film Festival last month and surprised most observers by being one of the best received films of the event.

    Everything I've read says that Jack Black was born for this role. He is supposedly just great with the kids. In addition, I've seen a number of reviews point out that Linklater took the time to give each of the kids a story arc, which makes them work as characters and not just living props for Black to play off of. Finally, Joan Cusack is said to make the most of an underwritten role.

    Sounds like a fun flick. I'm looking forward to it.
     
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    There was a sneak preview of this last weekend. I saw it on Sunday afternoon, and attendance was sort of sparse. The kids loved it, some even applauded.

    The film was fun, but unappologetically commercial. It's plainly obvious where the story will go and your enjoyment will depend heavily on your tolerance for Jack Black. Black's enthusiasm for rock n roll, and the obvious talents of the kids are the best parts of the film (I'm convinced the kids are actually playing the music).
     
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    Derek, Jack Black performed on Jay Leno and the kids were there playing the instruments.
     
  6. Derek Miner

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    Darn it, I missed that, Kyle... Maybe when JB is on SNL this weekend, the kids will come on the show as well. While the movie was just okay, I'd actually be interested in seeing this "band" play a show.
     
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    This thread is now designated the Official Discussion Thread for "School of Rock" please, post all comments, links to outside reviews, film and box office discussion items to this thread.

    All HTF member film reviews of "School of Rock" should be posted to the Official Review Thread.

    Thank you for your consideration in this matter.


    Crawdaddy
     
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    I really wanna see this movie, it looks like a lot of fun. And of course Jack Black is funny as hell. [​IMG]
     
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    It is definitely getting some positive reviews. Even Ebert gave it 3 1/2 stars.

    ~Edwin
     
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    Rottentomatoes.com has it at 88% with 60 reviews being counted. That's fantastic. Being a BIG Jack Black fan, there's no way I'm missing this.
     
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    Yeah, I sure did like it..

    Damn.. Those kids can play..

    Or am I helplessly naive? And if so, How do you "air-DRUM" so convincingly? [​IMG]
     
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    Both the guitarist and the drummer have been playing since they were three. I don't know how long the other kids have been playing their instruments but all the kids are really playing in the movie.
     
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    According to the Entertainment Weekly article last month, all the kids could play their instruments well (or sing well), as in "child prodigy" well.
     
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    Thanks!

    That certainly matches up with what I saw on the screen.

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    "Read between the lines."
     
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    Anyone else besides me would love to have a poster with the blackboard that Dewey fills with the names of bands and performers? That would be a awesome poster to have in my apartment.
     
  18. Joe McCabe

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    On the trailer, I notice that the film features lots of young children, but I then noticed it's rated PG-13.

    I was thinking of watching it with my 6 year old son, but I have no idea what to expect from it.

    What would you say in the film caused it to get a PG-13?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Here's how Roger Ebert closes his 3 1/2 star (out of 4) review of "School of Rock":

     
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    Watched it last night and there is no major profanity that I can recall. It does makes references to hangovers and one character gets 'happy' drinking a large beer. If you are OK with this one scene of alcohol drinking it shouldn't be a problem.

    As usual one should always watch the movie themselves first before letting the kids see it.
     

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