School of Rock

If you don't believe there's educational value in Zappa and Zeppelin, Rock School will set you right. Some parents may be horrified by Paul Green, a one-time aspiring rock star and founder of the Rock School in Philadelphia (and later, in cities all over the U.S.), where kids from eight to 18 learn such valuable skills as thrashing guitar, pounding drums, and how to perform like a "Golden God" á la Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant. Not to be confused with Jack Black's character in the 2003 comedy School of Rock, Green embraces old school rock (no hip-hop or Britney wanna-bes here, thank you), and while some may take issue with his belligerent, berating and foul-mouthed treatment of his young students (some musically gifted, others definitely not), it's obvious that Green is on to something, giving aspiring rockers an outlet for educational enthusiasm they might not muster for traditional classroom subjects. Using a digital video camera to gain intimate access to Green and the future rockers of America, filmmaker Don Argott has crafted a funny, alarming, and altogether fascinating documentary that has a lot to say about our national obsession with fame, the curious benefits of Green's peculiar style of teaching, and the undeniable value of encouraging young people to embrace their dreams. For those about to rock…we salute you! --Jeff Shannon

Genre: Comedy, Music
PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Year:
2003
110
22,269 Views

Patty:
He is a lazy freeloader, and it's time for all this dysfunction to stop.

Ned:
Keep it... Can't we just do this later? I mean, you know how he gets in the morning.

Patty:
Ned, aren't you tired of letting people push you around?

Ned:
Yes. [sighs]

Patty:
Then get in there and do it! [Ned refuses, so Patty pulls the curtain aside]

Dewey:
[wakes up] What? What is it?

Ned:
Dewey, hey, it's the first of the month, and, uh, I would like your share of the rent now, please.

Dewey:
Oh, man! You know I don't have it! You wake me up for that? Come on, man! [falls back asleep]

Ned:
Sorry. [Patty glares at him fiercely; more sternly] Dewey! I mean, you owe me a lot of money as it is.

Patty:
Yeah, try $2,200!

Dewey:
Okay, you guys, the band is about to hit it bigtime. We're gonna win Battle of the Bands, and when I'm rolling in the Benjamins, I will throw you and your dog a bone. Good night.

Patty:
Oh, give it up! Your band has never made two cents!

Ned:
Patty, come on! I'm on this!

Patty:
Oh, you're on this? You're on this? He's walking all over you!

Dewey:
Mommy, could we please talk about this later?

Patty:
Uh, no, we can't talk about it later because Ned and I have to go to work. We have jobs. We contribute to society, all right? I am an assistant to the mayor of the city. "Hello?!"

Dewey:
What?! Can you get her out of here, please? Why?! Why her?!

Patty:
And Ned has the most important job there is.

Dewey:
Temping?

Ned:
Dewey, a substitute teacher is not a temp!

Dewey:
He's a babysitter!

Ned:
Oh, yeah, you think it's so easy? Well, I'd like to see you try. You wouldn't last one day.

Dewey:
Dude, I service society by rocking, okay? I'm out there on the front lines liberating people with my music. Rockin' ain't no walk in the park, lady!

Patty:
All right, this is useless, all right? You tell him that if he doesn't come up with the rent by the end of the week, he's out of here!

Ned:
Dewey, I'm not paying your share of the rent, so... I don't know, I mean, maybe you should sell one of your guitars or something.

Dewey:
What? Would you tell Picasso to sell his guitars?

Patty:
Oh, my God, he's an idiot! [leaves]

Dewey:
Dude, I've been mooching off you for years, and it's never been a problem until she showed up. Just dump her, man!

Ned:
Yeah, well, if you don't come up with some money, she's gonna dump me. She's fed up.

Dewey:
Really? Because that would be a good thing! She's a nightmare!

Ned:
Come on! I may never have another girlfriend! I mean, just come on! Come up with some money, please! Please!

Dewey:
Okay, for you. Not for her, man, for you.

Ned:
Thank you.

Freddy:
What are we gonna play?

Dewey:
Uh, you don't have to worry about that. We have awesome material, which I wrote.

Zack:
Let's hear it.

Dewey:
What?

Zack:
Let's hear your song.

Dewey:
I'll play you my song, if you wanna hear it. Thing is, I just want you to keep in mind that...I wrote it in like, 15 minutes, and uh, it's not done yet, and you might not like it-

Freddy:
Just play the song, Schneebly!

Dewey:
Okay! I will sing it for you, just, uh, let me get in the zone, I wasn't planning on unveiling it, but I will sing it. Teeth of the tongue, and the lips. [performs vocal exercise] Okay, it starts off...a dark stage, and then a beam of light. and then you can see me and my guitar. [imitating his guitar] Dew-neew-dew-neew... " In the end of time, there was a man who knew the road, and the writing was written on the stone." And then a thin layer of fog comes in around my ankles. Roadies, that means dry ice, we're gonna talk about this later. "In the ancient time, an artist led the way, but no-one seemed to understand." Chimes, Freddy. "In his heart he knew, the artist must be true, and the legend of the rent was way past due!" And, Katie, you come in with the bass! [imitating the bass] Rim-bim-bim-bim-bim-beru-beru-bum-bara-bara-bara-bum-bum-bum! "Well, you think you'll be just fine without me, but you're mine! You think that you can kick me out of the band?" And then, Zack, you come in with a face-melter. [imitates the guitar] Rew-new-new-didli-new-didli-new-didli-new! Okay? "Well, there's just one problem there, the band is MINE! How can you kick me out [high pitched] of what is mine?" And then, sh- "Hawaii Five-O". You see that show? Okay. Well, there's a drum solo in it, that goes...shugadugadugaduga! "You're not hardcore, unless you live hardcore" And then, that's where I want the backup singers to be all like, "No, you're not hardcore. [high pitched] No, you're not hardcore! [reverts to normal singing voice] Unless you live hardcore. [imitating backup singers] Unless you live hardcore! [back to his own voice] But the legend of the rent, was way hardcore! BOOM! Big old explosion, some, like, confetti comes down. Anyway, that's all I got so far, it's a work in progress.

Summer:
I liked it, Mr. Schneebly. I thought it was really catchy.

Dewey:
Thank you.

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