Jeremy's Weblog

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Sunday, October 12, 2003

I saw "School of Rock" yesterday, the Jack Black movie about teaching a bunch of kids to be rock stars. I give it an 82 out of 100 on another fairly random scale that means very little to anyone who doesn't live inside my head. It was entertaining and mostly amusing; the negatives were that the plot was wholly unbelievable and required the viewer to suspend all logic of how schools operate and how people really behave; and also that all of the characters besides Jack Black's (and even his, to a degree) were one-dimensional stereotypes. It could have been much much worse; Jack Black did a nice job, they cast the kids well, the actors in the one-dimensional roles did as much as they could... but I think it also could have been considerably better had they reined in the situations that required the most leaps of faith and kept things feeling a little more real... then it possibly could have had a point, or some broader meaning, instead of just being a relatively entertaining 108 minutes without much depth. I don't particularly like Jack Black or think he's all that special, and still liked the movie -- so that's a good thing I guess. The concept's strong -- this movie written by Albert Brooks could have been a real gem; as it is, like I said, it's not bad, and it is often laugh-worthy... but it wasn't all that it could have been. Just my opinion. Reviewers seem to be loving this, so what do I know.