Top Class Film for Rock Fans

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Top Class Film for Rock Fans


School of rock (Cert PG, 104 mins, Paramount Home Entertainment, Comedy/Drama, also available to buy DVD pounds 19.99/Jack Black box set with Orange County pounds 26.99/VHS pounds 14.99)

Starring: Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White, Sarah Silverman, Joey Gaydos, Maryam Hassan, Kevin Alexander Clark, Rebecca Brown, Robert Tsai, Brian Falduto.

AFTER a run-in with his fellow band members, wannabe rock star Dewey Finn (Black) is sacked. Faced with mounting debts and possible eviction for failure to pay the rent, Dewey decides to masquerade as his responsible roommate Ned Schneebly (White), who is due to teach the fifth grade at a nearby private school.

He quickly discovers a way to relate to the kids - music - and under the guise of a secret school project, Dewey enters his students in a battle of the bands contest.

When the school's by-the-book headmistress, Principal Mullins (Cusack), discovers Dewey's deception, all hell breaks loose. This is Dead Poet's Society with electric guitars and attitude - a rumbustious romp for the entire family with a central message about following your dreams.

Black bounds about, instilling the kids with his sense of wonder, joy and childish enthusiasm. Writer Mike White builds the tension, reaching a crescendo with the battle of the bands showcase that will have you laughing, cheering and crying.

DVD Extras: Director and actors commentaries, "Lessons Learned In The School of Rock", "Jack Black's Pitch To Led Zeppelin", School Of Rock" music, Kids Video Diary, MTV Diary: Jack Black.

MONA LISA SMILE (Cert 12, 114 mins, Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, Drama, to buy DVD pounds 19.99/VHS pounds 12.99). Starring: Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dominic West, Juliet Stevenson, John Slattery, Marcia Gay Harden, Topher Grace.

Graduate Katherine Watson (Roberts) takes up an art history teaching position at Wellesley College in leafy New England. …

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