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[[caption-width-right:325:"I pledge allegiance to the band of Mr. Schneebly..."]]

'''''School of Rock''''' is a 2003 comedy directed by Creator/RichardLinklater (an icon of the American independent film scene going more mainstream) and starring Creator/JackBlack and Joan Cusack.

Dewey Finn (Black) is a rock musician whose ControlFreak tendencies, among other things, get him kicked out of the band he founded. After some time of doing nothing, it becomes apparent that he had better find another job to pay the rent.

As it happens, an elite private school in the area has an opening for a teacher. Receiving a phone call intended for his apartment roommate, Ned Schneebly (Mike White), Dewey fakes his roommate's identity and gets hired. He takes the job initially planning to do as little as possible, but soon discovers that the kids have musical talent. After that, he changes his plans drastically, turning the class entirely into a music class about the history of rock, and preparing his kids to enter a band contest and beat his old band.

The film received rave reviews from critics and the public alike, and is still one of Black's most well known roles to this day.
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* AsYouKnow: Ms. Mullins says this verbatim when telling the teachers in the staff room how important the upcoming parent/teacher night is.
* AsianAndNerdy: Lawrence.
* BlitheSpirit: Dewey.
* CampGay: Billy, the boy placed in charge of designing their costumes, has these mannerisms. Reportedly, the character wasn't written this way. However, the director saw that playing up the stereotypes would bring in laughs. As a result, screenwriter Mike White (an open bisexual with a gay father) [[DudeNotFunny disowned the final film.]]
* TheCameo: If you've never heard of these guys, you'll miss it, but The Mooney Suzuki are briefly seen backstage at the battle of the bands. Sammy James Jr., the lead singer, co-wrote the song "School of Rock" for the movie along with Mike White.
* ChekhovsGun: Parents' Night is mentioned, Dewey promptly forgets about it and does his own thing...and then half an hour later the plot element comes to fruition. And because he hasn't been planning, during that intervening half hour of plot, HilarityEnsues.
** Could also be considered {{foreshadowing}}, as the principal stresses how important it is.
* ChildProdigy: All of the children have some exceptional talent that Dewey uses to help the band out (i.e Billy with costume designing, Tomika with singing) but Gordon and Summer are the most traditional examples, Gordon with computers and Summer with organisational skills.
** This could be a RealitySubtext as applied to the kids in the "band." The actors who play bass, guitar, and drums all started musical training exceptionally early.
* ClassRepresentative: Summer. Complains when told that the class no longer has to do any schoolwork.
* ClownCar: Somehow Dewey manages to pack the entire class, plus instruments, into his van.
* CoolLoser: Freddy seems to be openly despised by most of his fellow students, but it's likely justified in that he's a wannabe tough guy and the only "cool kid" in a class full of nerds.
* CoolTeacher
* CrackDefeat: [[spoiler:The kids get beaten by No Vacancy (which just so happens to be [[BrickJoke the band that fired Dewey at the beginning of the movie]]), despite the entire crowd going crazy during their performance. They one-up the winners though, because the audience wants an encore.]]
* CreditsBrandProducts: The open credits appear as various posters and on people's shirts in the bar.
* CreditsGag: The movie ends with the characters' band playing a new song, the credits rolling through in front of them. Near the end of the credits Jack Black points them out claiming "I do not know that guy!" in song.
** New song in terms. They're improvising over Music/{{ACDC}}'s "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)", which they started to play at their Battle of the Bands encore, and rolled into the final scene.
** On {{TBS}}, the credits don't appear in the final scene (they are replaced with a CreditsPushback afterwards), ruining the gag.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Summer who is initially snotty and stuck up, only concerned with her grades but comes to be friends with her classmates.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Dewey telling the kid's parents what he taught their kids goes something like this: "Math, science, uh.. geography, Latin, Spanish, French, Latin... Did I say math already?"
** Also, "It will test your head, and your mind, and your brain."
* DespairEventHorizon: Dewey falls into this late into the movie. See "The Reason The World Sucks" below. He gets better.
* DumbIsGood: Subverted with Summer. Her intelligence is presented as annoying at first but it ends up helping Dewey and the band out on several occasions and she ends up as band manager because she's much more competent than Dewey.
* EEqualsMCHammer: Dewey writes ''E = mc^2'' on the board while pretending to teach the children something. Played with slightly in that he is totally clueless about teaching and this was presumably the only vaguely mathematical formula he could remember, and Mullins doesn't bat an eyelid when she walks into the room, even though the children are preteens.
* EverybodyOwnsAFord: All the parents' cars are Volvos. Probably done for laughs, not ProductPlacement, unless Volvo itself has a sense of humor about its stereotypical owners.
* EveryOneChasingYou: After the parents take one of Dewey's remarks literally, see ThatCameOutWrong below.
* {{Expy}}: Jack Black is playing his very character from ''Music/TenaciousD'', only without the [[ClusterFBomb constant swearing]] as the movie is PG-13.
%%* FantasyForbiddingFather
* FilmingForEasyDub: Instead of Jack Black, it's a guitar. [[spoiler:In the climax of the film, Jack breaks out a guitar solo, but his guitar NEVER faces the camera, so you don't see the necessary hand movements to perform said solo.]] Possibly Lampshaded afterwards by Mullins asking him if that was really him playing. (It wasn't -- the DVD commentaries reveal Jack Black doesn't really play electric guitar that well. Most of the guitar playing his character did was actually him miming to a pre-recorded guitar track. He does occasionally play himself, though, such as when teaching Zack the riff to "Smoke on the Water" by Music/DeepPurple.)
* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: Dewey has priceless reactions on the words of the preteen kids. Summer's "I read about groupies, they're ''sluts''!" and Alicia's "I say let's get out of here and do the ''damn'' show" are famous examples.
-->'''Dewey:''' What are the good things when you're in the rock band?
-->'''Eleni:''' Getting wasted?
-->'''Dewey:''' (bewildered) What? N...No!
* GirlishPigtails: Marta, one of the back-up singers. She had them braided and below the jaw line in a dreary, bored fashion (the dull uniform doesn't help), until the very end at their concert where they're high up and loose.
* GogglesDoNothing: Freddy wears a pair during the Battle of the Bands, most likely for RuleOfCool.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Ms. Mullins. Just add "Edge of Seventeen" as BGM.
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Summer. You didn't expect Miranda to sing badly, do you?
** The DVD commentaries tell us (and prove to us) that she actually sings really well, and she had to be taught how to sing badly.
* HypocriticalHumor: Ned's girlfriend claims he should stand up for himself, yet when she berates him for not doing so, he comes off as the [[HenpeckedHusband bullied boyfriend.]] [[spoiler: [[TookALevelInBadass He does stand up for himself]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard finally, when he slams the door on her.]]]]
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: The kids' BadBadActing for their "fatal illnesses" to get them into the Battle of the Bands.
* InsultBackfire: Frankie says "Ms. Mullins, you're TheMan" and she replies "Thank you, Frankie" without knowing what they really mean.
** Frankie's snickering regardless of Ms. Mullins' response indicates that this was meant to be a StealthInsult.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: One-shot joke. "Actually, it's Shnay-blay."
* JerkassHasAPoint[=/=]DumbassHasAPoint: Dewey is quite correct to tell Freddy that "Rock ain't about gettin' loaded and acting like a jerk."
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Dewey.
* LargeHam: Jack Black...what did you expect?
* LittlestCancerPatient: Exploited by Summer, who gets all the kids to act as though they are all terminal[[spoiler: in order to earn them a spot at the Battle of the Bands]].
* TheMan: Ms. Mullins ([[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} a hot, sexy, female man]]).[[spoiler: Later subverted -- she actually only became tightly-wounded because she feels powerless against the constant, strident demands of over-protective parents.]]
* ManChild: Dewey. He's an immature slacker who has no life outside of rock; however, it helps him find a common language with kids.
* MeddlingParents: All of the kids have them. In fairness, Horace Green is a high-profile school.
* MediumAwareness[=/=]NoFourthWall: Only during the credits.
* MouthyKid: Freddy. Dewey had to save his skin at one point.
* OhCrap: Dewey during the parents evening. [[spoiler:After the pun that makes the parents think he is a paedophile, the look on his face says it all. Right before a Screw This, I'm Outta Here! moment.]]
* ProductPlacement: Most of the instruments in this movie are made by Gibson, Although some from other companies like Fender and Gretsch show up as well. Also, all of the parents' cars, as seen a few times, are Volvos.
* ThePowerOfRock
* [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "The Reason]] [[CrapsackWorld The World Sucks" Speech]]: "Give up, just quit, because in this life, you can't win. Yeah, you can try, but in the end you're just gonna lose, big time, because the world is run by TheMan. The Man, oh, you don't know the Man. [[BigBrotherIsWatching He's everywhere]]. In [[PresidentEvil the White House]]... [[AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil down the hall]]... Ms. Mullins, [[{{Bifauxnen}} she's the Man]]. And [[CorruptCorporateExecutive the Man]] [[GlobalWarming ruined the ozone]], he's burning down TheAmazon, and he [[KickTheDog kidnapped Shamu and put her in a chlorine tank]]! And there used to be a way to stick it to the Man. It was called [[ThePowerOfRock rock 'n roll]], but guess what, oh no, the Man ruined that, too, with a little thing called [[TakeThat MTV]]! So don't waste your time trying to make anything cool or pure or awesome 'cause the Man is just gonna call you [[YouSuck a fat, washed-up loser]] and crush your soul. So do yourselves a favor and just GIVE UP!"
** [[CrowningMomentOfFunny ...And we will continue our lecture on "The Man" tomorrow!]]
* RecycledInSpace: ''MrHollandsOpus''...with a really bad teacher.
* [[HippieTeacher Rock'n'Roll Teacher]]: Dewey.
* RummageSaleReject: A ''lot'' of the kids' costumes during the climactic show end up looking like this.
* [[SassyBlackWoman Sassy Black Girl]]: Alicia.
** Tomika, initially a ShrinkingViolet, is on her way of becoming one (the way she shuts Freddy up is ''priceless'').
* SaveOurStudents: Played with. The kids didn't really ''need'' saving, but a fair few of them come out happier than they ever were.
* ScrewThis,I'mOuttaHere!: Not long after this line by Dewey: "I have been touched by your kids. And I'm pretty sure I'm touched them." Coupled with Oh Crap and That Came Out Wrong.
* SeriousBusiness: Dewey: "One great rock show can change the world."
* ShoutOut: Possibly with Freddy, his last name is [[ScoobyDoo Jones]].
** There's also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAfievfFej4 this sneaky homage]] to Black's Channel 101 series ''ComputerMan''.
** Dewey's school uniform at the Battle of the Bands is a shout-out to Angus Young.
*** As is the Gibson [=SG=] he is holding on the cover image.
** Dewey's improvised song about math ends with him calling nine "[[SchoolhouseRock a magic number]]."
** The poster for the movie has "We don't need no education" (a line from "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" by ''Music/PinkFloyd'') and "Come on feel the noize" (a reference to the song "Cum On Feel the Noize" by ''Music/{{Slade}}''). "Accept no substitutes" on the poster is a reference to the ''Delaney & Bonnie'' album ''Accept No Substitute''.
* TheSlacker: Dewey.
* SpikyHair: Freddie adopts this style when he discovers punk music.
* StepfordSmiler: Ms Mullins is an arguable inversion as she is forced to act like a strict authority figure when inside she longs to be able to have fun and be funny. She still fits the basic trope, though, as she puts on a face of being together and happy in her job when deep down, she's suffering.
* TakeThat: There was one against Meg White of Music/TheWhiteStripes, for her minimalistic drumming style.
** And the above quoted slam against MTV.
*** This is particularly funny when the movie itself is played on the aforementioned channel.
* ThatCameOutWrong: When Dewey is trying to explain to the parents of his students about how what he's doing is good, and says "I have been touched by your kids...and I'm pretty sure I've touched them." Cut to Dewey running through the halls, with the parents chasing after him.
* TitleDrop: It's the name of the band, repeated with [[PunctuatedForEmphasis great emphasis]] by Jack Black. It's also the name of the song the band plays at the Battle of the Bands.
* WaxingLyrical: When Dewey is trying to bluff his way through a conversation with teachers while posing as a substitute, starts reciting snatches from Music/WhitneyHouston's "Greatest Love of All". Someone asks "Isn't that a song?", and he denies it.
** His RousingSpeech concludes ""We roll tonight to the guitar bite, and for those about to rock, I salute you", from Music/{{ACDC}}'s "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)".
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory
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