Parents' Guide to

School of Rock

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Standout Jack Black in nerds-become-cool comedy.

Movie PG-13 2003 108 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 31 parent reviews

age 15+

Not what it is chalked up to be

This movie is an attempt to try and connect children with the world of Rock ‘n’ Roll but ultimately exposes viewers, and especially children, to toxic stereotypes and a number of illegal situations involving children. I understand that this was done in an attempt at humor, but themes of impersonating others, adults lying, adults encouraging children to go against and lie to their parents, and adults using children as a means to ultimately achieve their personal goals is not a message children should be exposed to. For example, there is a scene where a group of children go with the teacher in his van and leave campus all in the dark of the principle and the children’s parents. This movie makes light of inappropriate conduct from adults in a child’s world and should be shown with an understanding of what all this movie includes.
age 13+

contains sexist and sexually explicit content

This movie is more for adults than it is for kids, and it's not even entertaining. Maybe if you like butt rock. But there IS sexually explicit language despite the rating, including one of the school girls saying she does not want the position of "groupie" in the band because they're sluts and "all groupies do is sleep with the band members." Many references to women being hot, and the women characters are also poorly portrayed as stereotypes, ie uptight, meddling girlfriend who kills her boyfriend's dreams and unfeeling, tightly wound school marm principle. I was forced to give it an age rating but really I don't think sexist, sexually demeaning language is appropriate for any kids and of course doesn't actually add anything to the movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (31 ):
Kids say (136 ):

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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