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In 2003, director Richard Linklater released his latest love letter to music on the big screen with School of Rock. In the heartfelt comedy, Jack Black stars as Dewey Finn, an out-of-work musician who poses as his best friend and takes a job teaching at a prestigious prep school. Realizing that his group of fourth graders have hidden rock stars inside of them, Dewey forms a band with the kids and enters them in a Battle of the Bands competition to help him win his rent money. What Dewey doesn’t anticipate is the impact his rock and roll lessons will have on boosting the self esteem of his young protégés. Oh yeah, School of Rock makes us dance and it makes us cry.
The hugely successful film (School of Rock was made for $35 million and grossed $131 million at the box office) continues to resonate with audiences 15 years later, inspiring a Broadway play and most recently, a TV adaptation on Nickelodeon. With an impressive cast lead by Black and including Joan Cusack, Sarah Silverman, and the film debut of Miranda Cosgrove, School of Rock continues to rock after all this time. Rock and roll will never die and neither will the gems of advice we’ve learned from the feel-good flick.
To celebrate today’s 15th anniversary of the film, here are 10 life lessons as told by School of Rock.