Trivia / School of Rock

  • Ability Over Appearance: Billy was written to be of Indian descent but changed to white when Brian Falduto was cast.
  • Actor-Inspired Element: Jack Black came up with most of the nicknames for the kids.
  • Blooper: After Dewey congratulates Gordon on the lights at the concert, one of the girls comes over to him and calls him 'Jack' by mistake.
  • Creator Backlash: Screenwriter Mike White disowned School of Rock after director Richard Linklater decided to play up gay stereotypes without his involvement. Being bisexual and with a gay father, White was not pleased when he saw the final product.
  • Creator Cameo: The third person in the photo of Dewey and Ned's old band is director Richard Linklater. An unfortunate case of Life Imitates Art, as Linklater and Mike White are no longer on speaking terms (for the above reasons).
  • Dawson Casting: Kevin Alexander Clarke (Freddie) was fourteen playing an elementary school student. Dewey's class's grade is never stated but it's either fifth or sixth. This would make Miranda Cosgrove an inversion, as she was ten playing either an eleven or twelve year old.
  • Genre-Killer: This movie more or less killed the Save Our Students sub-genre in favor of a variation of Adults Are Useless using teachers. Newer attempts at relaunching the genre (Freedom Writers, Larry Crowne) have failed in favor of films inspired by this (such as Bad Teacher).
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Miranda Cosgrove, prior to Drake & Josh and I Carly, as Summer.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Miranda Cosgrove is a much better singer than her character, Summer Hathaway. She had to take a forty minute lesson on how to sing badly.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor:
    • Dewey Finn is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold but a jerk nonetheless. Miranda Cosgrove recalls Jack Black constantly playing with the rest of the kids on set and always being so nice.
    • Patty is abusive and controlling. Sarah Silverman is famed for being lovely in real life.
  • Name's the Same: Fred Jones, name of School of Rock's drummer and Mystery Inc's leader.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Averted. All the kids were cast for their musical talent and each child played their respective instrument.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Joan Cusack is even pointed out to be doing this on the DVD commentary, portraying the uptight principal of a school.
    • Not to mention Sarah Silverman playing Ned's even-more-uptight girlfriend Patty.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: The opening scene with Dewey landing face-first during a failed attempt at a stage dive was inspired by a Cult show Jack Black went to where "Jaded Los Angelinos" failed to catch singer Ian Astbury during a stage dive.
  • Reality Subtext:
    • Mike White was inspired to write the script when he moved in next to Jack Black - who would frequently play loud rock music and streak in the halls.
    • Robert Tsai (Lawrence) approached Richard Linklater during production and said he felt he wasn't right enough for the part. Linklater assured him he was, much like Dewey does to Lawrence in the film about being in the band.
  • Throw It In: Dewey throwing the chair at the Battle of the Bands auditions was improvised by Jack Black. Summer jumping in fright was Miranda Cosgrove's genuine reaction.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The film was originally conceived as straight up musical. The film would eventually receive a Broadway musical adaptation in 2015.
    • An early draft of the script had Freddie as an ADD sufferer who would have to take Ritalin in class. Dewey's nickname for him - Spazzy Magee - is left over from this trait.
    • Dewey and Roz were originally going to become an Official Couple after their trip to the bar. The finished film only implies an attraction, and Roz still gets Ship Tease with Spider after the Battle of the Bands.
    • The teacher Dewey subs for was originally going to be accidentally run over by him personally at the start of the film. This was later changed to her falling in the shower and breaking her leg offscreen.
    • There have been plans of a sequel floating around for years but they never materialised due to the tension between director Richard Linklater and screenwriter Mike White.
  • Written by Cast Member: Mike White wrote this movie and also portrays Ned Schneebly.