There are few actors in Hollywood as funny as Jack Black. After
frequently stealing the show from A-list stars through supporting
roles in movies, Jack Black has recently achieved leading-man
status. Black proves in “School of Rock” that not only does he
excel at making people laugh, he is also capable of making people
laugh in quality movies.
Black stars as Dewey Finn, a rock music aficionado who, after
getting kicked out of his band, poses as a substitute teacher at an
elite private school. Dewey is obviously unqualified for the job,
but soon discovers the musical abilities of his preppy students.
Then, in one of the film’s funniest scenes, Dewey assigns the
students to roles in a new band, which he hopes to compete with in
a Battle of the Bands competition
“School of Rock” is not as gut-bustlingly funny as some of Jack
Black’s other films, but it is still very funny and extremely
enjoyable. Black’s performance is infectious and he makes it
impossible for you not to smile throughout the entire movie. No one
else could have pulled off the role as well as he does.
There are other things to like in “School of Rock” besides Jack
Black. The always-hilarious Joan Cusack stars as the school’s
principal who is forced to remain as the film’s most serious
character until the last third of the movie when she gets to
deliver some really funny moments. The kids are also fun to watch
and are very talented.
“School of Rock” does not achieve greatness, but there was
nothing substantial in it worthy of criticism either. You have to
allow the film some implausibility at times, but that is why it is
a movie and not real life. As a whole, “School of Rock” is a fun
and entertaining comedy that has its star to thank for much of its
3 out of 4 rams