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SCHOOL OF ROCK

I really expected better from School of Rock.
I mean, yeah, I know that Jack Black is really annoying, and I know that this is almost a family flick, but itís just too predictable.

Jack Black plays Dewey Finn (but heís basically playing himself), a down and out musician who pretends heís his roommate (Mike White, who wrote the script) to take a good paying job as a substitute teacher. Of course Black has no teaching skills, nor any intention of actually teaching. But when he discovers that some of the kids have musical abilities, everything changes.

There is some good that comes out of School Of Rock. I mean, as a rock fan, itís cool to see (and hear) music and bands played and discussed on the big screen. Hell, at one point Metallica chimes in in the background.
(Ironically ití not one of their originals, but a cover. Go figure.)
But a little of Jack Black goes a long way, and after a while all the goofy faces and exaggerated voices gets old. The kids in the movie do a decent job with the acting, but I was much more impressed by their playing. As far as I know they play all their own music, and definitely play better than I do! (But thatís not saying much at all, really.)
But really they did a cool job.
Joan Cusack does a nice job too, but then she always does.

So maybe Iím being too hard on School Of Rock.
Itís not a terrible movie, and the musicís cool.
I just wanted something more.

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