School of Rock

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Standout Jack Black in nerds-become-cool comedy.

PG-13 2003 108 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 37 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 158 reviews

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age 15+

Not what it is chalked up to be

This movie is an attempt to try and connect children with the world of Rock ‘n’ Roll but ultimately exposes viewers, and especially children, to toxic stereotypes and a number of illegal situations involving children. I understand that this was done in an attempt at humor, but themes of impersonating others, adults lying, adults encouraging children to go against and lie to their parents, and adults using children as a means to ultimately achieve their personal goals is not a message children should be exposed to. For example, there is a scene where a group of children go with the teacher in his van and leave campus all in the dark of the principle and the children’s parents. This movie makes light of inappropriate conduct from adults in a child’s world and should be shown with an understanding of what all this movie includes.
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age 8+

Funny & fun for all! May get kids interested in music.

Enjoyable for the whole family. Really funny and charming. Sure, there's some language but overall it's more on par with what would have been PG when we were kids. It's really well done, the quality is top notch (it's Richard Linklater) so adults that aren't extremely uptight will enjoy themselves immensely and most kids will too. The parents (or grandparents) will likely enjoy the music more than the kids (it's classic rock, 70s/80s hard rock) WARNING: Kids may want to take up an instrument after watching this. That's great except there's a real life School of Rock (100+ locations worldwide) that charges $$$.

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