Jack Black, Joan Cusack. Looking for an easy gig, a down-and-out wannabe rock star takes a temp teaching job at a posh boarding school. Instead he finds a classroom full of uptight kids with a gap in their education-the art of rock 'n' roll. Soon the kids are reading, writing and rocking, getting ready for a battle of the bands competition! A nonstop comedy by Richard Linklater. 2003/color/109 min/PG-13/widescreen.
Like the movie, the DVD extras are smarter and a lot more entertaining than your average flick. The making-of feature ("Lessons Learned") has the usual behind-the-scenes banter but Jack Black is in fine form--that is, something special--interviewing as much as being interviewed about the making of the film. His unique pitch to Led Zeppelin to use their song is alone worth the price of the DVD. Black is more his maniacal self and a bit more grating in MTV's Diary segment, but his commentary track with director Richard Linklater is as insightful as it is funny. Ok, it's a lot more funny, but entertaining throughout. The commentary track featuring just the kid actors is less so, but any preteen would love listening to it. To top it off, the DVD-ROM has Dewey Finn's instantly famous blackboard history of rock. You can drill down to the bands mentioned and get a brief history of each. Class dismissed. --Doug Thomas