"School of Rock" gives you what it promises: an evening entertainment for the whole family. Sure, the movie is very predictable, but it worked much better than I thought and it contains some hilarious moments, especially if you are familiar with the rock scene. Jack Black is briliant in his role (apparently he is in real life just as crazy as he is here). When I saw this movie in the cinema, it was filled with young kids (10 to 14-year), and they had a great time. The real roles are played by children, and the interaction with their "teacher" is hilarious.
You have to see this if: you like simple, good humour, a predictable plot that manages to surprise you, good music and a happy ending with some sentimental value.
Don't see this movie if you: are looking for a foreign-language intellectual drama, you want a movie where everybody dies or you hate it when kids turn out smarter than grown-ups.
Down and out rock star Dewey Finn (Black) gets fired from his band, and he faces a mountain of debts and depression. He takes a job as a 4th grade substitute teacher at an uptight private school where his attitude and hijinx have a powerful effect on his students. He also meets Zack, a 10-year-old guitar prodigy, who could help Dewey win a "battle of the bands" competition, which would solve his financial problems and put him back in the spotlight.