Starring Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White, Sarah Silverman, Miranda Cosgrove
Funny. Inspired. Appealing.
Dewey Finn (Black) lives the life of a rock star, minus the success, the women, or the money. Already kicked out of the band he created, and on the verge of being kicked out of his patient best friend, Ned’s apartment, he jumps at an opportunity to pretend to be Ned in order to pick up some money as a substitute teacher at an elite private school. Another brain wave hits, and Dewey decides to turn his overworked pupils into a rock band in order to compete at a talent competition. Easily could have been a miserable comedy, but thankfully, Richard Linklater, the script, and Jack Black (in a role tailor-made for him) squeeze every possible laugh out of the material, making the film a blast.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-