06 October 2003

So, yes, it's nice to see that Barry from High Fidelity is finally making a meaningful contribution to society, and yes, it's clear that Jack Black is the most appealing physical comedian in the movies right now, and yes, he could even play Haiwen…but is School of Rock really the best live-action family film ever? Yes. At least, the best since Mary Poppins. It's so graceful and assured and funny, and it avoids so many opportunities to be sentimental or formulaic or condescending, that by its very example it suggests that most other directors of "family" movies just don't care. The fact that you can easily imagine School of Rock as a spinoff of High Fidelity only sweetens the entire package. This is a great movie.

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