This is At the Buzzer’s countdown of the best 25 comedies of all-time. Our panel of 10 cast their votes, and we’re revealing the results one by one until we get to No. 1 on Tuesday, May 10.
And now, our number 7:
7) School of Rock (3 votes, 205 points)
If you wanna rock, you gotta break the rules. You gotta get mad at the man! And right now, I’m the man. That’s right, I’m the man, and who’s got the guts to tell me off? Huh? Who’s gonna tell me off?
Shut the hell up, Schneebly!
That’s it Freddy, that’s it! Who can top him?
Get outta here, stupidass.
You’re a joke, you’re the worst teacher I’ve ever had!
Summer, that is great! I like the delivery because I felt your anger!
You’re a fat loser and you have body odor.
…All right, all right! Now, is everybody nice and pissed off?
Chris: Jack Black has had an interesting career to this point, hasn’t he? I’m not exactly sure what he’s most well known for. Maybe it’s Tenacious D, with their humorous exploits and their pick of destiny and their telekinesis, Kyle. Maybe it’s the other assorted leading roles he’s had, like Nacho Libre and Shallow Hal. (I don’t want to talk about Goosebumps.) I think the most compelling case is his work as Po in the Kung Fu Panda movies. But you know what? I’d argue it should be School of Rock.
To me, School of Rock perfectly captures everything that makes Jack Black tick. It has flashes of his musical talent and his manic energy, but he also gets to have sweet and funny moments with the kids in his class.
I think a part of me also enjoys the movie because I wish it had happened when I was in school. The idea of getting essentially an all-day recess and getting to spend more time with music…man, that was right in my wheelhouse.
We have several dark comedies in this top 25, but School of Rock is more simple and pure than that. It’s just a nice, entertaining film that’ll immediately make a bad day better.
Cary: I recall really enjoying this movie for the 90 minutes it was on.
Michaela: School of Rock is among one of my favorite films in general for a lot of reasons. The story is interesting largely because of how the characters interact within it. Jack Black is super iconic in this movie, not to mention a lot of the kid characters are great too. And finally, the music! The music is great and humorous because of how different it is for the kids. Really though, Jack Black makes this movie, and I easily watch it for his performance over and over.
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