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Tear Jerker / School of Rock

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The Film

  • Zach acting withdrawn after a one sided talk from his discouraging father.
  • Rosalie admitting her inner pressure to be a certain way because she’s a prep school principal and saying that same pressure is making her into a bitch.
  • Ned admitting to Dewey that he misses being in a band.
  • Both Tomika and Lawrence’s confessions that they don’t feel like they’re good enough or cool enough to be in the band.

The Musical

  • The additional backstory the kids get leads to a real tear-worthy musical number in act one, as we see them all trying to be heard by their too-busy, overbearing, or unaware parents in "If Only You Would Listen". This song gets an even more tear-jerking reprise in the second act, as the kids, trying to get Dewey to come with them to the Battle of the Bands, tell him that he was the first one to really hear them. And it's only taken him three weeks to achieve this!
  • Rosalie Mullins gets her own tear-jerking moment in the musical too. Instead of just getting tipsy and jamming to Edge of Seventeen in her quasi-date with Dewey at the dive bar, she gets a heartbreaking number about how she's lost the music and joy in her life, and how Dewey has reminded her a little bit of what it used to be.

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