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The School of Rock
Tagline: He just landed the gig of his life: 5th grade.
Black plays Dewey Finn, a slacker and unsuccessful heavy metal/hard rock singer and guitarist. His antics on-stage get him kicked out of his band, and his roommate, a substitute teacher (played by White) threatens eviction unless he gets a real job and pays his share of the rent. A call from a principal (played by Joan Cusack) desperate for his roommate's services lead him to impersonate his roommate and get a job as a fifth-grade teacher at a prestigious prep school. He takes the job to make a little money with as little effort as possible. When he discovers some of the kids in the class have musical talent, he decides to turn his temporary job into what he tells them is a special school project but is actually a personal project: turn a classroom full of kids into a band and crew, complete with ten-year-old manager (played by Miranda Cosgrove), which can back him at lead vocals and help him win a local "Battle of the Band" contest.
Awards and nominations
The film has been nominated for several awards and won Black an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance.
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