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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Hard work, practice, and dedication are a huge part of any success. It's important for kids to follow their dreams and to apply their talents to their fullest potential. An emphasis on finding your passion and giving it your all. Also, in a comedic manner, the roles of different instruments are discussed, and the film does touch on the work and practice required to be in a successful band. Dewey gives a body-positive pep talk to a girl who's feeling embarrassed about her weight.
Positive Role Models
Dewey starts out as a slacker and misleads others for his own gain. But as the movie progresses, he finds real joy in working with kids and finds ways to be supportive and inspiring to them, and he's ultimately selfless. Characters learn and demonstrate self-control, perseverance, and teamwork.
Violence & Scariness
Early in the film, a character dives off a stage. No one catches him and he lands on his face.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nothing at all, though one girl says groupies are "sluts."
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Occasional profanity: "ass," "s--t," "pissed." A 10-year-old uses the word "stupid-ass." Early in the film, the main character uses an obscene gesture, sort of. A child talks about "sluts" briefly.
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Products & Purchases
Band stickers are pretty much everywhere.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
As some of the film is set in rock clubs, characters hold beers and cigarettes. During one scene, Dewey has a beer with the principal of the school. The principal starts to act tipsy, but that could just as easily be the effect the Stevie Nicks song on the jukebox has on her.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that School of Rock is as much a vehicle for Jack Black to make rock 'n' roll faces while playing guitar as it is hilarious fun for musicians and music fans of all ages -- even younger than the PG-13 rating would suggest. There is occasional profanity -- some of it spoken by 10-year-olds -- and Black's character freely discusses his hangovers with the class he's teaching. There are brief shots of adult characters drinking and smoking (this is about playing rock 'n' roll, after all), but nothing terribly gratuitous. Beyond this, School of Rock is an enjoyable way for kids to learn about music, and for families to talk about the amount of work and personal satisfaction that results in starting a band. Furthermore, the film addresses body issues in a positive way when one of the girls in class is afraid to sing because she thinks she's "too fat." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
If there was ever someone born to portray the true spirit of rock 'n' roll, it's Jack Black. That is what School of Rock needed, and that is just what he does.
This is by far the most accessible and conventional film from director Richard Linklater (Waking Life, Dazed and Confused) and White (Chuck and Buck, The Good Girl), neither of whom are known for heartwarming, feel-good movies. But that is what this is, a sort of To Sir With Love crossed with This is Spinal Tap. Black is enormously entertaining and the kids are terrific.
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