|Cast: Jack Black,
Director(s): Richard Linklater
For a long time now, everyone who's seen this has been egging me to see it - "Mitch, you'd LOVE it! It rocks!", etc etc etc....
Well, someone loaned it to me and I gave it a viewing last night. I went in with LOW expectations, seeing as how I'm sick to death of Jack Black's camera-mugging and hammy Charles Lindsay-ish shtick, and kids who rock? So what? ("I told you how I feel about the piano and the singing, I ain't impressed. You wanna impress me, take the wheel for a little while, motherfucker!" - Eddie Murphy, to Stevie Wonder) - but I digress.
Anyways, this is a fine family film, no cursing or anything, and a typical sugar-coated feel-good ending (which actually didn't end the way I thought it would). Jack Black was very good - this was obviously a movie he enjoyed doing and felt very passionately about, he really gets into the music and likes working with the kids, the sorta job I would love - teaching kids about Zeppelin and Sabbath and Floyd.
There's a funny scene where he's asking the kids (all around 10 years old) what kind of music they like, to which they individually answer things like Christina Aguilera and Puff Daddy, to which Black freaks out - "What??? WRONG!!! Have you ever heard of The Beatles? MOTORHEAD??!!??....."
There's some nice supporting work too b y Joan Cusack as the Stevie Nicks-loving principal, and Mike White and Sarah Silverman as Black's roomie and roomie's girlfriend, always butting heads.
In short, better than I thought, I chuckled more than once, had a smile on most of the time, and Black won me over. (Don't get me wrong, I'm not rushing out to see 'Nacho Libre').
Wasn't as bad as I thought. I too had VERY LOW expectations. Anat & I watched one night and it was ok for that type of movie I guess.
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