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Rock School (2005)

Paul Green , Tucker Collins , Don Argott  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Green, Tucker Collins, Will O'Connor, C.J. Tywoniak, Napoleon Murphy Brock
  • Directors: Don Argott
  • Producers: Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A5043I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,711 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rock School" on IMDb

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At some point in their lives, everyone dreams of becoming a rock star - feeling the roar of the crowd, basking in the adoration of legions of fans, experiencing the adventures of life on the road. Now imagine fullfilling that dream at only ten years old. Welcome to Rock School.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Long live rock!" in a Terrific Documentary September 2, 2005
In the eyes of parents, teachers should be role models that help point students in the right direction. This guiding quality in teachers comes with much responsibility, as children have a naïve perception of society where the teachers become one of the major sources of knowledge and wisdom. Some of this responsibility rests within the professionalism of the educators, as it will help provide a healthy and enlightening environment for students. On occasion, it even seems like teachers must be on a level close to divinity, or sainthood. Paul Green who founded and runs the Paul Green School of Rock Music illustrates a defiant opposition to the parents' perception of the teaching profession.

"I am probably not qualified to teach" is one of the first things that the colorful character Green states in Rock School. His persona will undoubtedly raise some eyebrows, as he frequently swears in the presence of the students whose age ranges between nine and 17. He even goes to the depth of openly discussing Satanism with the students, which will certainly create some heated debates. There are also moments when he becomes very confrontational with the students where he screams and swears. He is the opposite of Jack Black's character that the audience can find in School of Rock (2003). Despite these qualities of Green, the students return with a deep burning desire to the school to practice and hone their musical talents.

The school of rock has an internal hierarchy where the students climb, as their skills improve. With the progress of the students skills Green intensifies his attention to those with exceptional talent while he nurtures those who are struggling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Zappa fans, check this out! February 15, 2006
I rented this movie under the advice of a coworker and was a little bothered at first because it seemed to drag on with no real direction. One thing I did like was that the teacher set Frank Zappa's music as the highest bar to reach at the school. In the end the kids get to go to Germany and play at a Zappa fest called "Zappanale". Napoleon Murphy Brock joins the kids (between nine and seventeen years old) for "Inca Roads". And they do a fantastic job! If you are a Zappa fan I think you would probably enjoy this movie as much as I did. Just stick with it to the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Making the Future of Rock'N' Roll. September 21, 2005
Guitarist and former aspiring rock star Paul Green, founder and director of Philadelphia's "The Paul Green School of Rock Music" wants to Give You the Gift of Rock! And how. What started as music lessons for 17 young people at his apartment every week is now an after school program with a faculty and over 120 9-17-year-old students enrolled. In "Rock School", filmmaker Don Argott explores the dynamics and accomplishments of this unusual school through interviews, concerts, and daily activities with Paul Green and a handful of the students. Paul Green's overbearing, manic personality drives this film and bears the responsibility for keeping the audience hooked. His goals for his students are to "get them as good as possible" and to "get them on stage in front of as many people" as possible. But his methods are unconventional and startling at first. Paul is a foul-mouthed, elitist, egomaniac. He berates the students, makes fun of them, and challenges them...with surprisingly good results.

Don Argott has chosen an eclectic group of students to follow, from beginning children to expert young adults. We get a picture of how the school operates and to what ends through interviews with students, parents, and with Paul. Tucker and Asa Collins are 9-year-old twins who struggle to learn drums and guitar and perform Black Sabbath. Madi Diaz-Svalgard is a multi-talented musician and vocalist always at odds with Paul. Teenagers Julie and Eric Slick seem unruffled by Paul's methods and influenced by his ideas. Will O'Conner is a morose young man, consumed with self-pity, with no apparent musical talent, but he acts as a kind of intellectual foil to Paul. The school's star pupil is 12-year-old guitarist C.J. Tywoniak, who is just plain extraordinary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
So says Rock School founder and tyrannical teacher Paul Green, and for the rest of this documentary we are left to determine just which part of that statement we think is more true. Thankfully, the filmmakers help us by providing plenty of evidentiary "exhibits" on both sides of the argument, from which we the audience/jurors can make a final judgment.

And to his credit and/or detriment, Paul Green himself has certainly not suppressed any of the evidence. Early on, he states: "As this movie will show, I'm not that good at editing myself when people with pens and recording devices are around," in what is simultaneously a nice moment of self-awareness as well as The Understatement of the Year.

Because by this point in the film, we've already seen him tell a demure teenaged girl that she looks like "a future heroin addict," another girl that if she messes up he'll "punch her in the face" and repeatedly ask a young boy if he "loves Satan" (the correct answer apparently being "yes"). And we're not even halfway through the picture yet!

Thus, when early on we meet a frail, sickly student who has already by his own admission attempted suicide many times and describes himself as "barely alive," one can't help but think, "Should someone as seemingly unbalanced as Paul Green really be this much of an influence on children, let alone fragile kids like this one?"

Such is the set up and narrative tension of the film, and I found it to be quite compelling and even somewhat suspenseful. We wonder what will happen to some of these kids as they prepare for a big gig in Germany playing the complex music of Frank Zappa.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price just for the songs
OK, OK. As a documentary, maybe a little scattered. But I'm telling you, just watching those kids do Inca Roads is worth the price of admission. Read more
Published 8 months ago by deenibeeni
4.0 out of 5 stars For both Zappa fans and thougtful educators
It's a documentary, about the music school that inspired Jack Black's "School of Rock." Before hearing the back story, I enjoyed "School of Rock," only to find that the real school... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Selqet
4.0 out of 5 stars An insight to a new generation.
I wanted to get this movie because I am a great fan of Madi Diaz, who is today making her mark on the music scene. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Orinxpress
1.0 out of 5 stars Had potential until...
It was really cute at first seeing little kids say things like "AC/DC is easy," and then SHOWING us AC/DC is easy (not for me, a non-musician). Read more
Published on March 27, 2011 by Kortlin
1.0 out of 5 stars Rock should not be insitutionalized!!!
Rock should never be taught as a curriculum, even when using classic masters like Zeppelin, Hendrix and Zappa. Rock is about freedom! About noncomformity! Read more
Published on June 30, 2006
2.0 out of 5 stars YOUR NOT GOOD ENOUGH!
Maybe it was just the shock of watching a grown man yell things like "that was f***ing pathetic!" and "dont f***ing make mistakes! Read more
Published on January 14, 2006 by N. Dillon
4.0 out of 5 stars Like a Hollywood feel-good production... but better
The wailing of an electric guitar solo opens the documentary Rock School, and it's a sound that could easily be coming from the likes of Jimi Hendrix or Pete Townshend. Read more
Published on November 10, 2005 by Nicole Victoria
3.0 out of 5 stars A documentary that has no story to tell...
I was disappointed in this documentary. The school is an interesting place and the head teacher is unusual and all that, but nothing actually happens over the course of the movie. Read more
Published on September 15, 2005 by GLBT
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie
I go to the Paul Green School of Rock NYC, and this movie pretty accuratley shows what it's like going there. Read more
Published on September 6, 2005 by K. Kapur
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