School of Rock
Source: Catholic News Service
A failed cash-hungry rocker (Jack Black) poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious elementary school where he introduces rock 'n' roll into the academy's stodgy reading, writing and arithmetic curriculum, encouraging them to explore sides of themselves their parents and the school's by-the-book principal (Joan Cusack) discourage. Despite some humorous riffs, the film's upbeat and amped-up message about pursuing one's dreams -- think Jimi Hendrix meets "Dead Poets Society" -- is undermined by a problematic bass rhythm through which director Richard Linklater pokes fun at parental authority and the value of any subject that can't be learned on an electric guitar. Some crude humor and language, as well as several drug references. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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