Jack Black has created many iconic characters throughout his career, but there is one movie that stands out among the rest as his own favorite.
Actor, comedian and musician Jack Black has appeared in over 50 films, creating many memorable on-screen roles, but School of Rock remains his favorite Jack Black film. The 2003 music-themed comedy directed by Richard Linklater was a hit when it hit theaters and nearly 20 years later remains a fan favorite across generations. The role of Dewey Finn was written for Black and earned him a Golden Globe nomination, and of all the movies he’s been in, School of Rock seems to be his favorite.
School of Rock tells the story of Dewey Finn, an unlucky rock star who poses as a substitute teacher at a private elementary school only to discover that many of his students are musically gifted. Under his leadership, they form a band to enter the Battle of the Bands contest and take on the band formed by Dewey. In the years since its release, it has been adapted into a Broadway musical as well as a Nickelodeon show called School of Rock featuring the same characters with different actors. In an interview with GQ, Black called School of Rock “lightning in a bottle” and “the movie he’s most proud of.” It’s clear that the 2003 film was very meaningful to him, both career-wise and personally, and suggests that School of Rock is his favorite Jack Black movie.
Why School Of Rock Means So Much To Jack Black
Black told Entertainment Tonight that School of Rock was the “highlight of his career”. Over the years, Black has done just about everything there is to do as an artist. He’s starred in numerous movies across multiple genres, including the upcoming Super Mario Bros: The Movie, in which Black starred as Bowser. He’s also released studio albums with his band Tenacious D and even has a video game-focused YouTube channel. Given this variety, it may not be immediately obvious why School of Rock would be the self-proclaimed highlight.
In that same Entertainment Tonight video, however, Black shared that his best memories of directing School of Rock came from working with children. School of Rock featured a talented cast of young actors with whom Black shared most of his scenes. Black also shared with GQ that director Linklater allowed them to do a lot of improv in the room, letting them build the scenes together. This resulted in a more natural and collaborative experience for him and his cast. Black credited the director with much of School of Rock’s success and worked with Linklater again on Apollo 10 1/2, which was released in March 2022. For Black, School of Rock was a film where he “looked like all Planets Aligned,” from director to screenplay, cast, and music. It certainly stands out as one of his best works, and it’s understandable why it would be Black’s favorite.
Other Jack Black Movies the Actor Loves
While School of Rock has earned his status as Jack Black’s favorite movie, he has others in his filmography that he loves too. Black’s breakout role came in the film High Fidelity (2000), which he told GQ he “had the time of his life.” While High Fidelity marked Black’s entry into movie stardom, he never gave up on his music career and was able to marry the two sides of his career in 2006’s Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, which told the fictional story of the band’s creation. If School of Rock is Black’s favorite, then Tenacious D is right behind. Black was able to be more creatively involved in the film, which he says gave him “a special sense of pride.” Black also called the film “magical” and “the exact movie we wanted to make.” From School of Rock to High Fidelity via Tenacious D, the actor-musician seems to have a preference for films that have a part of music.