Wednesday 26th January 2022

School Of Rock (PG)
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz
Jack Black knows the meaning of Rock
Jack Black knows the meaning of Rock

Like most people I love a good comedy film. Unfortunately, Hollywood has failed us over the last few years, with fewer and fewer decent comedies being released, and people relying more and more on TV for their laughs. However, in School Of Rock, I felt sure that the pedigree of its star, Jack Black, would guarantee a decent film this time round.

The premise of the film centres on Black's character, Dewey Finn, a struggling musician who cares about nothing but Rock. However, when he gets kicked out of his band and his flatmate threatens to throw him out if he doesn't get a job and pay the rent, Finn is forced to seek more gainful employment somewhere. That somewhere is the state's best preparatory school, Horace Green, where Finn attempts to coach a band of classically trained music students to compete in the "Battle of The Bands Wrok Contest".

In both his music as the front man of Tenacious D, and his film work (most notably High Fidelity) Jack Black has proved himself to be a comic genius, and I was looking forward to this being transferred to the big screen in School Of Rock. The only way to really measure the quality of a comedy film is by how much it makes you laugh and I can safely say that this film is extremely funny. Jack Black has proved himself again to be a great physical comedian with a very distinctive style, and while this is a lot more family friendly than his usual fare, it is still hilarious.

All in all, this is probably the best comedy I've seen at the cinema for some time, and I sincerely hope that the rest of this year's comedies will be at least as good as School Of Rock. February will also see the release of another promising comedy, Along Came Polly, starring Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller, and it looks hilarious from what I have seen of it - even if it does look similar to the previous Stiller hit There's Something About Mary. Let's hope it surpasses the might of School Of Rock!

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Length: 108 minutes
Certificate: PG
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Release Date: 6th February 2004

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