School of Rock : 4 of 5
Jack Black is just an insanely funny guy, so I knew School of Rock would be a great movie, especially because it's a movie with a bunch of kids! I felt the same way I did when I saw Almost Famous, because most of the music they reference in the movie was totally unknown to me (guess I wasn't much of a rocker!), but that didn't detract from the experience at all. Jack plays a dude who pretends to be a substitute teacher, and ends up forming a rock band with his prep school students. Of course, he eventually is discovered and there is that inevitable moment when the upset parents see the band perform, gush over their kids' talent, and all is well, but along the way there are some great scenes where Jack builds the kids' confidence (the classical pianist boy doesn't think he can be cool, and the overweight singer gets a little nervous), because being in a rock band overcomes all shortcomings, you know! The kids are really talented and fun - all of them have great personalities and they're super cute (especially snotty little Summer). By the end of the film, I was totally into the big Battle of the Bands, but I was sad the movie was over!