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School Of Rock (2003)
Comedy, Family, Music

School Of Rock (2003)

Down and out rock star Dewey Finn gets fired from his band, and he faces a mountain of debts and depression. He takes a job as a 4th grade substitute teacher at an uptight private school where his attitude and hijinx have a powerful effect on his students. He also meets Zack, a 10-year-old guitar prodigy, who could help Dewey win a "battle of the bands" competition, which would solve his financial problems and put him back in the spotlight. (Read More)

Themes:fashion,  dying,  education,  illness,  anger,  deception,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  snow,  school,  bar
Characters:alcoholic,  musician,  student,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Period:2000s
Story:rock guitar,  rock musician,  rock band,  rock singer,  rock club,  rock group,  teacher student relationship,  rock concert,  school teacher,  rock 'n' roll,  band manager,  bass guitar,  music band,  electric guitar,  terminal illness,  rock music,  tween girl,  substitute teacher,  school recess,  song lyrics,  preparatory school,  private school,  school principal,  school uniform,  school bus,  boy with glasses,  reference to aretha franklin,  reference to stevie nicks,  reference to puff daddy,  reference to liza minnelli,  code of conduct,  faculty lounge,  breaking the rules,  freeloading,  broken rule,  music competition,  mosh pit,  crowd surfing,  music club,  anti authority,  cymbal,  battle of the bands,  knee socks,  field trip,  roadie,  weight,  reference to led zeppelin,  clarinet,  laziness,  musical instrument,  music history,  diarrhea,  keyboard,  commitment,  groupie,  desk,  male protagonist,  cello,  blackboard,  mtv,  sorority,  schoolboy,  drum,  idealism,  hangover,  video surveillance,  surprise after end credits,  drums,  joy,  poster,  raised middle finger,  slacker,  deceit,  drummer,  impostor,  boots,  embarrassment,  rebellion,  impersonation,  rehearsal,  scene during opening credits,  guitarist,  woman with glasses,  high school,  farce,  rock,  eyeglasses,  class,  schoolgirl,  dark,  contest,  scene during end credits,  pianist,  fired from the job,  liar,  best friend,  van,  roommate,  child,  apology,  toilet,  diner,  montage,  new york,  band,  guitar,  classroom,  piano,  lie,  secret,  drink,  los angeles california,  computer,  small town,  urination,  food,  song,  telephone call,  cult film,  singing,  title spoken by character,  family relationships,  police

Nowhere Boy (2009)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Nowhere Boy (2009)

The story of John Lennon's childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his aunt Mimi and his mother Julia -the two dominant women in the first part of his life-, his first meeting with Paul McCartney and George Harrison, their friendship, their love for music and the birth of The Beatles. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:musician,  student,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:rock band,  rock group,  rock 'n' roll,  band manager,  music band,  rock music,  school uniform,  boy with glasses,  musical instrument,  joy,  drums,  drummer,  guitarist,  woman with glasses,  best friend,  montage,  band,  guitar,  piano,  lie,  secret,  drink,  urination,  food,  song,  telephone call,  singing

Almost Famous (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Music

Almost Famous (2000)

William Miller is a 15-year-old kid hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up and coming rock band. This wonderfully witty coming-of-age film follows William as he falls face first to confront life, love, and lingo.

Themes:anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:musician,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:rock musician,  rock band,  rock singer,  rock group,  rock concert,  rock 'n' roll,  rock music,  reference to led zeppelin,  groupie,  drums,  raised middle finger,  drummer,  embarrassment,  guitarist,  high school,  rock,  band,  guitar,  secret,  drink,  los angeles california,  urination,  food,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  family relationships

Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny (2006)
Adventure, Comedy, Music, Musical

Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny (2006)

This is the story of a friendship that changes the course of rock history forever, of the fateful collision of minds between JB and KG that led to the creation of the precedent-shattering band Tenacious D, and of the two heroes' quest to find the fabled Guitar Pick Of Destiny...

Themes:fashion,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:musician
Story:rock band,  rock club,  rock 'n' roll,  electric guitar,  rock music,  crowd surfing,  battle of the bands,  reference to led zeppelin,  sorority,  drum,  surprise after end credits,  rebellion,  farce,  rock,  scene during end credits,  best friend,  diner,  band,  guitar,  los angeles california,  cult film,  singing

Detroit Rock City (1999) is one of the best movies like School Of Rock (2003)
Comedy, Music

Detroit Rock City (1999)

Four members of a high school band called Mystery do everything they can to attend a KISS concert in Detroit. In order to make it to the show they must steal, cheat, strip, deal with an anti-rock mom and generally do whatever it takes to see the band that has inspired them to be musicians.

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:school,  bar
Characters:student,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:rock band,  rock concert,  rock 'n' roll,  rock music,  school bus,  roadie,  drums,  poster,  high school,  rock,  class,  liar,  van,  apology,  band,  guitar,  classroom,  lie,  drink,  urination,  song,  telephone call,  cult film,  singing,  title spoken by character,  family relationships,  police

The Runaways (2010)
Biography, Drama, Music

The Runaways (2010)

In 1975, San Fernando Valley teen Joan Larkin reinvents herself as Joan Jett, a guitarist who wants to form an all-girl punk band. She pitches the idea to a sleazy manager, Kim Fowley, who pairs her with a drummer and then searches for a face: he finds Cherie Currie, at age 15, the perfect jailbait image for his purpose; by luck, she can sing. Two others round out the band, The Runaways. Fowley books a tour, signs them to Mercury Records, and packs them off to crowds in Japan. Seeds of conflict sprout early: Fowley puts Cherie front and center in the publicity, she's soon strung out on drugs and vodka, and jealousies arise. Without adult supervision, where can Joan and Cherie end up? (Read More)

Themes:illness,  anger,  drinking
Locations:nightclub
Characters:musician,  girl,  singer,  friend
Story:rock musician,  rock band,  rock singer,  rock group,  rock concert,  rock 'n' roll,  rock music,  drums,  drummer,  guitarist,  band,  guitar,  drink,  urination,  song,  telephone call,  cult film,  singing,  title spoken by character,  family relationships

August Rush (2007)
Drama, Music

August Rush (2007)

The story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist and a sheltered young cellist who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger, August uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:snow,  school
Characters:musician,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:rock concert,  rock 'n' roll,  electric guitar,  clarinet,  cello,  guitarist,  class,  pianist,  liar,  band,  guitar,  piano,  lie,  drink,  food,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  family relationships,  police

A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Comedy, Music, Musical

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

The Beatles--the world's most famous rock and roll band--travel from their home town of Liverpool to London to perform in a television broadcast. Along the way they must rescue Paul's unconventional grandfather from various misadventures and drummer Ringo goes missing just before the crucial concert. (Read More)

Locations:nightclub
Characters:musician,  boy
Story:rock musician,  rock band,  rock concert,  rock 'n' roll,  bass guitar,  electric guitar,  rock music,  drummer,  rehearsal,  guitarist,  rock,  schoolgirl,  band,  piano,  cult film,  police

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) is one of the best movies like School Of Rock (2003)
Comedy

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

High school student Ferris Bueller wants a day off from school and he's developed an incredibly sophisticated plan to pull it off. He talks his friend Cameron into taking his father's prized Ferrari and with his girlfriend Sloane head into Chicago for the day. While they are taking in what the city has to offer school principal Ed Rooney is convinced that Ferris is, not for the first time, playing hooky for the day and is hell bent to catch him out. Ferris has anticipated that, much to Rooney's chagrin. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:student,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  school principal,  school bus,  anti authority,  clarinet,  desk,  surprise after end credits,  joy,  rebellion,  impersonation,  high school,  scene during end credits,  best friend,  classroom,  computer,  telephone call,  cult film,  police

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)

Scott Pilgrim plays in a band which aspires to success. He dates Knives Chau, a high-school girl five years younger, and he hasn't recovered from being dumped by his former girlfriend, now a success with her own band. When Scott falls for Ramona Flowers, he has trouble breaking up with Knives and tries to romance Ramona. As if juggling two women wasn't enough, Ramona comes with baggage: seven ex-lovers, with each of whom Scott must do battle to the death in order to win Ramona. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  snow,  school,  bar
Characters:musician,  girl,  singer,  friend
Story:rock band,  rock 'n' roll,  bass guitar,  boy with glasses,  battle of the bands,  drums,  raised middle finger,  slacker,  drummer,  guitarist,  high school,  roommate,  apology,  montage,  band,  guitar,  computer,  urination,  song,  cult film,  singing,  police

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Comedy, Music

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

In 1982 legendary British heavy metal band Spinal Tap attempt an American comeback tour accompanied by a fan who is also a film-maker. The resulting documentary, interspersed with powerful performances of Tap's pivotal music and profound lyrics, candidly follows a rock group heading towards crisis, culminating in the infamous affair of the eighteen-inch-high Stonehenge stage prop. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:rock group,  rock concert,  rock 'n' roll,  electric guitar,  rock music,  reference to led zeppelin,  groupie,  drummer,  rock,  scene during end credits,  apology,  band,  guitar,  piano,  telephone call,  cult film,  singing

Charlie Bartlett (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Charlie Bartlett (2007)

Although cheerful, friendly, intelligent, well-dressed, authentic and wealthy, Charlie Bartlett has problems. With his father gone and his mother loopy and clueless, he's been expelled from every private school for his victimless crimes. Now he's in a public school getting punched out daily by the school thug. He ever longs to be popular - the go-to guy - and the true crux of his troubles is that he invariably finds the means to this end, whatever that might be. At Western Summit High, he makes peace with his tormentor by going into business with him - listening to kids' problems and selling them prescription drugs. Charlie's a hit, but attraction to Susan (daughter of the school's laissez-faire principal), new security cameras on campus, a student's overdose, and Charlie's open world view all converge to get him in serious trouble. Can this self-made physician possibly heal himself and just be a kid? (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:school,  bar
Characters:alcoholic,  student,  teacher,  singer,  friend
Story:rock band,  private school,  school uniform,  school bus,  high school,  class,  fired from the job,  toilet,  montage,  band,  guitar,  classroom,  piano,  drink,  computer,  small town,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  police

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2010) is one of the best movies like School Of Rock (2003)
Comedy, Family

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2010)

To Greg Heffley, middle school is the dumbest idea ever invented. It's a place rigged with hundreds of social landmines, not the least of which are morons, wedgies, swirlies, bullies, lunchtime banishment to the cafeteria floor - and a festering piece of cheese with nuclear cooties. To survive the never-ending ordeal and attain the recognition and status he feels he so richly deserves, Greg devises an endless series of can't-miss schemes, all of which, of course, go awry. And he's getting it all down on paper, via a diary - "it's NOT a diary, it's a journal!" Greg insists, preferring the less-sissyfied designation - filled with his opinions, thoughts, tales of family trials and tribulations, and (would-be) schoolyard triumphs. "One day when I'm famous," writes Greg, "I'll have better things to do than answer people's stupid questions all day." So was born the Wimpy Kid's diary. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:snow,  school
Characters:musician,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:rock band,  tween girl,  school bus,  boy with glasses,  cymbal,  schoolboy,  woman with glasses,  class,  pianist,  best friend,  van,  toilet,  classroom,  piano,  computer,  urination,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  family relationships

Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
Drama, Music

Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)

Glenn Holland is a musician and composer who takes a teaching job to pay the rent while, in his 'spare time', he can strive to achieve his true goal - compose one memorable piece of music to leave his mark on the world. As Holland discovers 'Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans' and as the years unfold the joy of sharing his contagious passion for music with his students becomes his new definition of success. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:musician,  student,  teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  rock 'n' roll,  clarinet,  musical instrument,  blackboard,  joy,  drummer,  high school,  classroom,  piano,  song,  singing,  family relationships

Pretty In Pink (1986)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Pretty In Pink (1986)

Teenager Andie is one of the not-so-popular girls in high school. She usually hangs out with her friends Iona or Duckie. Duckie has always had a crush on her, but now she has met a new guy at school, Blane. He's one of the rich and popular guys but can the two worlds meet?

Themes:fashion,  anger,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  school
Characters:musician,  student,  singer
Story:rock band,  teacher student relationship,  school teacher,  poster,  high school,  eyeglasses,  computer,  cult film,  singing

Crazy Heart (2009)
Drama, Music, Romance

Crazy Heart (2009)

Bad Blake is a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who's had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times. And yet, Bad can't help but reach for salvation with the help of Jean, a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:bar
Characters:alcoholic,  musician,  singer
Story:song lyrics,  guitarist,  eyeglasses,  pianist,  apology,  toilet,  band,  guitar,  piano,  drink,  food,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character

Dazed And Confused (1993) is one of the best movies like School Of Rock (2003)
Comedy

Dazed And Confused (1993)

It's the last day of school at a high school in a small town in Texas in 1976. The upperclassmen are hazing the incoming freshmen, and everyone is trying to get stoned, drunk, or laid, even the football players that signed a pledge not to.

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:school,  bar
Characters:student,  teacher,  singer,  friend
Story:rock 'n' roll,  reference to led zeppelin,  idealism,  slacker,  embarrassment,  high school,  class,  liar,  guitar,  classroom,  lie,  drink,  small town,  song,  cult film,  singing,  police

Juno (2007)
Comedy, Drama

Juno (2007)

A tale told over four seasons, starting in autumn when Juno, a 16-year-old high-school junior in Minnesota, discovers she's pregnant after one event in a chair with her best friend, Bleeker. In the waiting room of an abortion clinic, the quirky and whip-sharp Juno decides to give birth and to place the child with an adoptive couple. She finds one in the PennySaver personals, contacts them, tells her dad and step-mother, and carries on with school. The chosen parents, upscale yuppies (one of whom is cool and laid back, the other meticulous and uptight), meet Juno, sign papers, and the year unfolds. Will Juno's plan work, can she improvise, and what about Bleeker? (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:snow,  school
Characters:musician,  student,  teacher,  singer,  friend
Story:keyboard,  poster,  guitarist,  high school,  class,  best friend,  child,  toilet,  montage,  band,  guitar,  classroom,  computer,  urination,  song,  telephone call,  cult film,  singing,  title spoken by character

Amy (2015)
Biography, Documentary, Music

Amy (2015)

A documentary on the life of 'Amy Winehouse' (qv), the immensely talented yet doomed songstress. We see her from her teen years, where she already showed her singing abilities, to her finding success and then her downward spiral into alcoholism and drugs.

Themes:illness,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:alcoholic,  musician,  girl,  singer,  friend
Period:2000s
Story:rock 'n' roll,  song lyrics,  guitarist,  best friend,  roommate,  apology,  montage,  band,  guitar,  drink,  computer,  food,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  family relationships

Bad Teacher (2011)
Comedy

Bad Teacher (2011)

When her wealthy fiance breaks it off, gold digger Elizabeth Halsey returns to middle school: she's an awful teacher but wants to save for breast-implant surgery. She brightens when Scott, a new teacher, turns out to be rich, and she stops showing films and sleeping in class when told there's a bonus for the teacher whose class scores highest on the state exam. Her competition for Scott and the bonus is cheery and tightly wound Amy. Amy digs for dirt on Elizabeth who cheats her way toward Scott's bed and the money. Honesty with students seems to be her only skill. She ignores Russell, a droll gym teacher, who looks on. Will she succeed with Scott and get those new breasts? (Read More)

Themes:deception,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:snow,  school,  bar
Characters:alcoholic,  teacher,  friend
Story:school teacher,  substitute teacher,  school principal,  school bus,  laziness,  blackboard,  hangover,  scene during opening credits,  woman with glasses,  farce,  class,  liar,  roommate,  montage,  band,  guitar,  classroom,  piano,  drink,  police

Love & Mercy (2014) is one of the best movies like School Of Rock (2003)
Biography, Drama, Music

Love & Mercy (2014)

Brian Wilson is the creative soul of the Beach Boys, but he paid a heavy price for his talent. That especially shows during his peak artistic years in the 1960s, as his inner demons and obsessions trying to please his abusive father drive him to a mental breakdown that would plague him for years. In the 1980s, with Brian barely functional under the domination of the unscrupulous Dr. Landy, Brian meets and falls in love with Melinda Ledbetter. As their relationship grows, she observes Brian's crippling subservience to the abusive psychotherapist with growing alarm. Ultimately, she must take action with a love willing to stand up to oppression she cannot ignore. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  drinking,  friendship
Characters:musician,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:rock band,  rock 'n' roll,  rock music,  cello,  drums,  drummer,  scene during opening credits,  guitarist,  eyeglasses,  scene during end credits,  pianist,  liar,  apology,  montage,  guitar,  piano,  lie,  drink,  los angeles california,  food,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  family relationships

Like Stars On Earth (2007)
Drama, Family

Like Stars On Earth (2007)

Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old child whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate; colours, fish, dogs and kites are just not important in the world of adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks and neatness. And Ishaan just cannot seem to get anything right in class. When he gets into far more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to a boarding school to 'be disciplined'. Things are no different at his new school, and Ishaan has to contend with the added trauma of separation from his family. One day a new art teacher bursts onto the scene, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, who infects the students with joy and optimism. He breaks all the rules of 'how things are done' by asking them to think, dream and imagine, and all the children respond with enthusiasm, all except Ishaan. Nikumbh soon realizes that Ishaan is very unhappy, and he sets out to discover why. With time, patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaan find himself. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:musician,  student,  teacher,  singer,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  school principal,  school uniform,  school bus,  faculty lounge,  blackboard,  joy,  poster,  eyeglasses,  class,  scene during end credits,  liar,  child,  apology,  montage,  classroom,  lie,  food,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  family relationships

Sing Street (2016)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance

Sing Street (2016)

This is the beginning of the eighties and everybody is moving to the beat of Pop music, as the brand-new concept of the music video appears on television for the first time. However, in Dublin, Conor, a teenager with a sensitive heart, is trying to deal with a tense family relationship, reconnect with his older brother while dealing with the hostile environment in his new public school. And then one day, he sees her. Tall, with long chestnut hair, a buttery complexion and big, dark eyes; an enigmatically beautiful girl standing in front of his school's gate, indolently observing people passing by. But who is she and how could a boy ever get noticed by such a distant girl? That's easy. He would form a band. Surprisingly, with every lyric Conor writes, the gap narrows and with every song he plays, her heart fills with affection. In the end, before a sea of opportunities lying ahead of them, what will the future hold for a brave love like this? (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  rock 'n' roll,  bass guitar,  roadie,  drums,  drummer,  scene during opening credits,  guitarist,  eyeglasses,  dark,  montage,  band,  piano,  lie,  drink,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character,  family relationships

24 Hour Party People (2002)
Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music

24 Hour Party People (2002)

Manchester 1976: Cambridge educated Tony Wilson, Granada TV presenter, is at a Sex Pistols gig. Totally inspired by this pivotal moment in music history, he and his friends set up a record label, Factory Records, signing first Joy Division (who go on to become New Order) then James and the Happy Mondays, who all become seminal artists of their time. What ensues is a tale of music, sex, drugs, larger-than-life characters, and the birth of one of the most famous dance clubs in the world, The Hacienda - a mecca for clubbers as famous as the likes of Studio 54. Graphically depicting the music and dance heritage of Manchester from the late 70's to the early 90's, this comedy documents the vibrancy that made Mad-chester the place in the world that you would most like to be. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:nightclub,  snow
Characters:musician,  singer
Story:rock band,  rock concert,  rock 'n' roll,  rock music,  battle of the bands,  music history,  drum,  joy,  drummer,  guitarist,  van,  montage,  band,  guitar,  drink,  computer,  song,  singing

The Doors (1991) is one of the best movies like School Of Rock (2003)
Biography, Drama, Music, Musical

The Doors (1991)

Oliver Stone's homage to 1960s rock group The Doors also doubles as a biography of the group's late singer, the "Electric Poet" Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971. The movie features a tour-de-force performance by Val Kilmer, who not only looks like Jim Morrison's long-lost twin brother, but also sounds so much like him that he did much of his own singing. It has been written that even the surviving Doors had trouble distinguishing Kilmer's vocals from Morrison's originals. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  drunkenness
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Characters:alcoholic,  musician,  student,  singer
Story:rock band,  rock singer,  rock club,  rock group,  rock concert,  rock 'n' roll,  rock music,  drummer,  rehearsal,  guitarist,  woman with glasses,  rock,  los angeles california,  urination,  cult film,  singing,  police

Accepted (2006)
Comedy

Accepted (2006)

After being rejected from every college he applied, Bartleby Gaines decided to create a fictitious university, South Harmon Institute of Technology, with his friends, to fool their parents. But when their deception works too well and every other college rejects starts to apply to his school, B. must find a way to give the education and future his students and friends deserves, including his own, while trying to win the heart of the girl next door. (Read More)

Themes:education,  deception,  drinking
Locations:school
Characters:student,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer
Story:boy with glasses,  high school,  class,  fired from the job,  montage,  band,  classroom,  drink,  computer,  food,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  family relationships

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Horror, Romance

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Adam ('Tom Hiddleston' (qv)), an underground musician, reunites with his lover for centuries ('Tilda Swinton' (qv)) after he becomes depressed and tired with the direction human society has taken. Their love is interrupted and tested by his wild and uncontrollable little sister ('Mia Wasikowska' (qv)). (Read More)

Themes:dying,  illness,  drinking
Characters:musician,  teacher,  singer
Story:rock band,  rock 'n' roll,  electric guitar,  rock music,  guitarist,  montage,  band,  guitar,  secret,  drink,  urination,  song,  telephone call,  singing

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)
Comedy, Drama

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

Themes:dying,  illness,  anger,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  boy,  friend
Story:terminal illness,  school bus,  high school,  class,  apology,  montage,  classroom,  lie,  secret,  drink,  computer,  food,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  family relationships

Ray (2004) is one of the best movies like School Of Rock (2003)
Biography, Drama, Music

Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origins in Florida, his turbulent childhood which included losing his brother and then his sight, his rise as pianist in a touring band, his writing his own songs and running his own band and then stardom. Also includes his addiction to drugs and its affect on his working life and family life. (Read More)

Themes:education,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:nightclub
Characters:musician,  boy,  singer
Story:music history,  drums,  drummer,  guitarist,  pianist,  fired from the job,  liar,  montage,  band,  guitar,  piano,  lie,  drink,  los angeles california,  song,  singing,  title spoken by character

Happy-go-lucky (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Happy-go-lucky (2008)

Poppy Cross is happy-go-lucky. At 30, she lives in Camden: cheeky, playful, frank while funny, and talkative to strangers. She's a conscientious and exuberant primary-school teacher, flatmates with Zoe, her long-time friend; she's close to one sister, and not so close to another. In this slice of life story, we watch her take driving lessons from Scott, a dour and tightly-wound instructor, take classes in flamenco dance from a fiery Spaniard, encounter a tramp in the night, and sort out a student's aggressive behavior with a social worker's help. Along the way, we wonder if her open attitude puts her at risk of misunderstanding or worse. What is the root of happiness? (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:school,  bar
Characters:teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  school teacher,  school uniform,  boots,  class,  classroom,  lie,  drink,  food,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  family relationships

The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whiskey-fortified thirst-master cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finecky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Aimee has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:school,  bar
Characters:alcoholic,  girl,  teacher,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  hangover,  high school,  class,  fired from the job,  best friend,  apology,  montage,  classroom,  lie,  secret,  drink,  computer,  telephone call,  family relationships

The Princess Diaries (2001)
Comedy, Family, Romance

The Princess Diaries (2001)

Mia Thermopolis is the average teenager - sweet, a little geeky and pretty much invisible to everyone with the exception of her mother, best friend Lilly and Lilly's older brother Michael. Making it through high school without throwing up is a challenge in itself for Mia, so it doesn't come as welcome news when her estranged grandmother shows up out of the blue and calmly informs her that she is in fact the heir to the throne of a European country called Genovia. Suddenly Mia's life is thrown into complete overload. She's being taught about scarves, waves and pears in order to become a perfect princess, she gets a makeover and a tough looking yet sweet bodyguard/limo driver called Joe. Things get out of hand when the media gets a hold of the story and suddenly Mia is thrust into the spotlight in both the newspapers and in school. On top of all that Mia has a choice to make. She must decide by Genovia's Independence Day Ball whether she longs to relinquish her claim on the throne or to become the princess and heir to the throne her father and grandmother want her to be. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:musician,  teacher,  singer,  friend
Story:rock musician,  rock band,  school teacher,  rock music,  preparatory school,  private school,  school principal,  school uniform,  keyboard,  high school,  class,  best friend,  guitar,  classroom

Jersey Girl (2004) is one of the best movies like School Of Rock (2003)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Jersey Girl (2004)

Ollie Trinkie is a publicist, who has a great girlfriend, Gertrude, whom he marries and they are expecting a baby but while he is looking forward to being a father, he doesn't lighten his workload. Gertrude gives birth but dies in the process. Ollie doesn't live up to his responsibilities as a father. Eventually the strain and pressure of losing his wife and being a father gets to him and he has breakdown, which leads to his termination. So with nothing much to do he tries to be good father to his daughter, Gertie. He also meets a young woman name Maya, who likes him but he is still not over his wife. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:girl,  teacher,  boy,  friend
Story:school uniform,  embarrassment,  woman with glasses,  class,  fired from the job,  apology,  toilet,  diner,  classroom,  piano,  lie,  drink,  cult film,  family relationships

Control (2007)
Biography, Drama, Music

Control (2007)

Ian Curtis is a quiet and rather sad lad who works for an employment agency and sings in a band called Warsaw. He meets a girl named Debbie whom he promptly marries and his band, of which the name in the meantime has been changed to Joy Division, gets more and more successful. Even though Debbie and he become parents, their relationship is going downhill rapidly and Ian starts an affair with Belgium Annik whom he met after one of the gigs and he's almost never at home. Ian also suffers from epilepsy and has no-good medication for it. He doesn't know how to handle the feelings he has for Debbie and Annik and the pressure the popularity of Joy Division and the energy performing costs him. (Read More)

Characters:musician,  girl,  singer
Story:rock band,  rock singer,  rock group,  rock concert,  rock 'n' roll,  band manager,  joy,  van,  band,  song,  singing

The Piano Teacher (2001)
Drama, Music, Romance

The Piano Teacher (2001)

Erika Kohut is a pianist, teaching music. Schubert and Schumann are her forte, but she's not quite at concert level. She's approaching middle age, living with her mother who is domineering then submissive; Erika is a victim then combative. With her students she is severe. She visits a sex shop to watch DVDs; she walks a drive-in theater to stare at couples having sex. Walter is a self-assured student with some musical talent; he auditions for her class and is forthright in his attraction to her. She responds coldly then demands he let her lead. Next she changes the game with a letter, inviting him into her fantasies. How will he respond; how does sex have power over our other faculties? (Read More)

Themes:deception
Characters:musician,  student,  teacher,  singer
Story:teacher student relationship,  diarrhea,  cello,  embarrassment,  rehearsal,  class,  pianist,  apology,  toilet,  piano,  urination,  cult film,  singing

Sid And Nancy (1986)
Biography, Drama, Music, Romance

Sid And Nancy (1986)

Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful US tour, Vicious attempts a solo career while in the grip of heroin addiction. One morning, Nancy is found stabbed to death and Sid is arrested for her murder. (Read More)

Themes:illness,  drunkenness,  drinking
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Characters:musician,  singer
Story:rock band,  rock club,  rock 'n' roll,  rock music,  reference to stevie nicks,  groupie,  toilet,  guitar,  song,  cult film,  singing,  family relationships,  police

Napoleon Dynamite (2004) is one of the best movies like School Of Rock (2003)
Comedy

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Preston, Idaho's most curious resident, Napoleon Dynamite, lives with his grandma and his 32-year-old brother (who cruises chat rooms for ladies) and works to help his best friend, Pedro, snatch the Student Body President title from mean teen Summer Wheatley.

Themes:friendship
Characters:student,  girl,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:school bus,  boy with glasses,  surprise after end credits,  high school,  class,  van,  classroom,  computer,  small town,  food,  telephone call,  cult film,  singing,  title spoken by character,  family relationships

Easy A (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Easy A (2010)

After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school - until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:student,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  school principal,  embarrassment,  high school,  class,  liar,  best friend,  guitar,  classroom,  lie,  drink,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  family relationships

The Rocker (2008)
Comedy, Music

The Rocker (2008)

The Rocker tells the story of a failed drummer who is given a second chance at fame. Robert "Fish" Fishman is the extremely dedicated and astoundingly passionate drummer for the eighties hair band Vesuvius, who is living the rock n' roll dream until he is unceremoniously kicked out of the band. Twenty years after his rock star fantasies are destroyed, just when Fish has finally given up all hope, he hears that his nephew's high school rock band A.D.D. is looking for a new drummer. They reluctantly make him the newest member of the band, giving him a chance to reclaim the rock God throne he's always thought he deserved, and taking the young band along for the ride of their lives. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:musician
Period:2000s
Story:rock band,  rock concert,  groupie,  slacker,  drummer,  high school,  rock,  band,  urination

Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Bridge To Terabithia (2007)

Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and she's a city girl, he's a country boy, the two become fast friends. Together, they create Terabithia, a land of monsters, trolls, ogres, and giants and rule as king and queen. This friendship helps Jess deal with the tragedy that makes him realize what Leslie taught him. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:student,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  school teacher,  tween girl,  school bus,  blackboard,  guitarist,  pianist,  best friend,  classroom,  singing,  family relationships

Hairspray (2007) is one of the best movies like School Of Rock (2003)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical, Romance

Hairspray (2007)

Tracy Turnblad, a teenager with all the right moves, is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny run home to watch the show and drool over the hot Link Larkin, much to Tracy's mother Edna's dismay. After one of the stars of the show leaves, Corny Collins holds auditions to see who will be the next person on the Corny Collins show. With all of the help of her friend Seaweed, Tracy makes it on the show, angering the evil dance queen Amber Von Tussle and her mother Velma. Tracy then decides that it's not fair that the black kids can only dance on the Corny Collins Show once a month, and with the help of Seaweed, Link, Penny, Motormouth Maybelle, her father and Edna, she's going to integrate the show.....without denting her 'do! (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:school,  bar
Characters:student,  teacher,  singer,  friend
Story:music band,  school bus,  blackboard,  high school,  class,  scene during end credits,  best friend,  classroom,  drink,  food,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  police

Shaolin Soccer (2001)
Action, Comedy, Sport, Family

Shaolin Soccer (2001)

After a fateful mistake costing his career, an ex-soccer player bum meets a shaolin kung fu student trying to spread the word of kung fu. The ex-soccer player helps reconcile with his five brothers, and teaches them soccer, adding shaolin kung fu as a twist.

Themes:deception,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  bar
Characters:student,  singer,  friend
Story:drums,  drummer,  eyeglasses,  fired from the job,  best friend,  apology,  toilet,  band,  guitar,  drink,  urination,  food,  song,  telephone call,  cult film,  singing

The Squid And The Whale (2005)
Comedy, Drama

The Squid And The Whale (2005)

In 1986, In Brooklyn, New York, the dysfunctional family of pseudo intellectuals composed by the university professor Bernard and the prominent writer Joan split. Bernard is a selfish, cheap and jealous decadent writer that rationalizes every attitude in his family and life and does not accept "philistines" - people that do not read books or watch movies, while the unfaithful Joan is growing as a writer and has no problems with "philistines". Their sons, the teenager Walt and the boy Frank, feel the separation and take side: Walt stays with Bernard, and Frank with Joan, and both are affected with abnormal behaviors. Frank drinks booze and smears with sperm the books in the library and a locker in the dress room of his school. The messed-up and insecure Walt uses Roger Water's song "Hey You" in a festival as if it was of his own, and breaks up with his girlfriend Sophie. Meanwhile Joan has an affair with Frank's tennis teacher Ivan and Bernard with his student Lili. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:student,  girl,  teacher,  boy,  singer,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  guitarist,  high school,  class,  liar,  toilet,  guitar,  classroom,  lie,  drink,  food,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  family relationships,  police

Children Of Heaven (1997)
Drama, Family, Sport

Children Of Heaven (1997)

Zahra's shoes are gone; her older brother Ali lost them. They are poor, there are no shoes for Zahra until they come up with an idea: they will share one pair of shoes, Ali's. School awaits. Will the plan succeed?

Themes:illness,  friendship
Locations:school
Characters:student,  girl,  boy,  friend
Story:teacher student relationship,  school recess,  commitment,  blackboard,  class,  liar,  classroom,  lie,  secret,  family relationships

Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) is one of the best movies like School Of Rock (2003)
Comedy, Drama

Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

Follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California, based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, Linda Barrett and Mike Damone, respectively. The center of the film is held by Jeff Spicoli, a perpetually stoned surfer dude who faces off with the resolute Mr. Hand, who is convinced that everyone is on dope. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Story:teacher student relationship,  rock 'n' roll,  rock music,  field trip,  reference to led zeppelin,  high school,  farce,  scene during end credits,  fired from the job,  apology,  los angeles california,  cult film

St. Vincent (2014)
Comedy, Drama

St. Vincent (2014)

Vincent is an old Vietnam vet whose stubbornly hedonistic ways have left him without money or a future. Things change when his new next-door neighbor's son, Oliver, needs a babysitter and Vince is willing enough for a fee. From that self-serving act, an unexpected friendship forms as Vincent and Oliver find so much of each other's needs through each other. As Vincent mentors Oliver in street survival and other worldly ways, Oliver begins to see more in the old man than just his foibles. When life takes a turn for the worse for Vincent, both them find the best in each other than no one around them suspects. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:school,  bar
Characters:teacher,  boy,  friend
Story:private school,  school principal,  school bus,  raised middle finger,  scene during opening credits,  eyeglasses,  class,  apology,  montage,  classroom,  drink,  urination,  food,  telephone call,  title spoken by character

Dreamgirls (2006)
Drama, Music, Musical

Dreamgirls (2006)

Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due? (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  snow,  bar
Characters:musician,  girl,  singer,  friend
Story:rehearsal,  guitarist,  pianist,  fired from the job,  montage,  band,  guitar,  piano,  drink,  los angeles california,  song,  telephone call,  singing,  title spoken by character,  family relationships

Once (2007)
Drama, Music, Romance

Once (2007)

An unnamed guy is a Dublin guitarist/singer/songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his Dad's Hoover repair shop by day, and singing and playing for money on the Dublin streets by night. An unnamed girl is a Czech who plays piano when she gets a chance, and does odd jobs by day and takes care of her Mom and her daughter by night. Guy meets girl and they get to know each other as the girl helps the guy put together a demo disc that he can take to London in hope of landing a music contract. During the same several day period, the guy and the girl work through their past loves, and reveal their budding love for one another, through their songs. (Read More)

Themes:drinking,  friendship
Characters:musician,  girl,  singer,  friend
Story:drummer,  guitarist,  pianist,  band,  guitar,  piano,  urination,  food,  song,  telephone call,  singing

The Matador (2005) is one of the best movies like School Of Rock (2003)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Matador (2005)

A chance encounter between a travelling salesman and a lonely hitman triggers a strangely profound relationship which provokes each to act in ways neither would have imagined possible. Fate steps in to form a friendship between two men from irreconcilable worlds that will alter the lives of both forever. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  snow,  bar
Characters:musician,  boy,  friend
Story:school uniform,  school bus,  cello,  high school,  eyeglasses,  schoolgirl,  liar,  apology,  band,  lie,  drink,  computer,  urination,  telephone call

In Her Shoes (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

In Her Shoes (2005)

Two sisters, plus a dead mother, a remarried father, and a hostile step-mother. The sisters, each in her way, have perfected the art of losing. The elder, Rose, is an attorney, responsible, lonely, with a closet full of shoes. The younger is Maggie, beautiful, selfish, and irresponsible. Her drunken behavior gets her tossed by her step-mother from her dad's house; worse behavior gets her tossed from Rose's apartment. Then, while searching in her father's desk for money to filch, Maggie finds an address; the past and the future open up to her and, with any luck, may open to her sister as well. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  drinking,  friendship
Locations:nightclub,  snow,  bar
Characters:musician,  teacher,  friend
Period:2000s
Story:music band,  desk,  mtv,  deceit,  liar,  toilet,  diner,  lie,  secret,  drink,  computer,  urination,  food,  telephone call,  family relationships

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