Tom Cruise isn't the only movie star who knows how to rock
- Next gallery - The Lists: In Contention's Top 10 Pixar Films So Far
- Previous gallery - 10 stories you might have missed: Will Smith iffy on 'I Am Legend 2'
Rate This Image
'School of Rock' (2003)
Richard Linklater spins Jack Black's manic energy into pure gold in this lighthearted comedy, which tells the story of a cash-strapped heavy metal guitarist who poses as an elementary school substitute in order to pay the rent - and in the process forms a kiddie rock band made up of his pre-pubescent charges. What could have been instantly-forgettable fluff becomes, in the hands of its perfectly-matched director and star, a winning crowd-pleaser with real heart, effectively maintaining a tone that makes it one of the rare films that's equally enjoyable for both adults and children. Black and Linklater are both well-known rock aficionados, and they imbue the film with a genuine enthusiasm for the music that can't be faked.
- Chris Eggertsen