The School of Rock

Jack Black plays a washed-up rock guitarist who talks his way into a job as a teacher

Jack Black fires on all cylinders with his phenomenal performance here, as a washed-up rock guitarist who talks his way into a job as a teacher. Of course, rock ‘n’ roll is the only syllabus he knows, so soon he has his class of nerdy 10-year-old over achievers organised into a band.

Whether plugged or unplugged, Black is a human dynamo. Whirring up a master class in slapstick comedy, he expertly captures both the absurd posturing of rock stardom and its exuberant energy.

Daft looks, daft moves and daft lines, he’s full of them – while the fact that he and the kids are all playing their own instruments gives the movie a scintillating raw edge. Pure genius.

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