Finally, a funny movie starring Jack Black as the lead.
After his failed attempt in 2001’s Shallow Hal, Black was just thought of as that hysterical sidekick from his better days of High Fidelity.
But Black’s back and he’s proving us all wrong.
School of Rock is simply pure comic entertainment thanks to screenwriter Mike White (TV’s Freaks and Geeks) and director Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused) who created nothing short of pure fun.
Jack Black is just right, taking his normally outlandish comedy down a notch and creating just the right amount of humor.
Black plays Dewey Finn, a rocker kicked out of his own band. To make ends meet, he then takes on the identity of his best friend, substitute teacher Ned Schneebly.
Dewey is placed in a prestigious school, forced to teach a classroom of privileged upper-class students who are actually eager to be taught.
As a result, he turns to what he knows best: rock ‘n’ roll.
Despite all the silliness and rather bizarre plot lines found in any of Black’s films, there are a few lessons learned while Black becomes a hero.
School of Rock is witty, heartwarming and worth the cash and candy. Black has finally found a spotlight big enough for him.
Kevin Nolty can be reached at Knolt81@aol.com