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Movie Review: School of Rock

Story: If you are tired of Hip-Hop, Gangsta Rap, Country-Western song sapfests and other ear annoying sounds blasting from car radios, loud headsets or TV, give yourself a treat and go see School of Rock. It is funny, toe tapping a little silly and a nice small diversion. Director Richard Linklater and writer Mike White (Chuck and Buck, The Good Girl) depict a loving homage to the history of Rock 'n Roll with the help of the antics of the frenetic Jack Black, as a substitute teacher who creates a minor miracle in a classroom of 10 year olds.

The premise is set up within ten minutes and the rest of the film is just plain fun. If you have ever sang a rock 'n roll tune loudly in the shower or played air guitar in your living room, this film is for you. If you don't know what I am talking about...stay home.

Acting: Jack Black rules this film. I think he is very funny and enjoyed him in High Fidelity. The kids, mostly nonprofessional are clearly having lots of fun in this romp. Joan Cusack, is her usual self.

Predilection: I like Mike White as a writer.

Critters: No critters.

Food: School cafeteria fare and beer.

Visual Art: Rock n roll posters.

Blatant Product Placement: Apple computer.

Soundtrack: Terrific.

Opening Titles: Fun.

Theater Audience: A few fans of all ages who were not afraid to laugh out loud as I did.

Sappy Factor: 2

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Nit Picking: No nits to pick...just guitars.

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would do just fine. For some of Linklater's other films, how about: Tape, Waking Life, The Newton Boys, SubUrbia, Before Sunrise, Dazed and Confuse and Slacker.

Length: Under the 2 hour Lobo rule.

LOBO HOWLS: 6