Release Date: June 03, 2005
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 93 minutes
Distributor: Newmarket Films
Director: Don Argott
Producer: Sheena M. Joyce and Don Argott
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ROCK SCHOOL is well done, but it shows the students acting like the Satanic rock musicians in Black Sabbath. Also, Paul freely uses the “f” word when he’s teaching his students and, before the Black Sabbath Concert, he jokingly tells the students (to get them in the mood), “Tonight isn’t about you or rock music. Tonight is about Satan.” At the end of the Zappa concert, however, a couple of Zappa’s colleagues tell them, “God bless you.”
Thus, while the movie contains abhorrent, excessive content, the documentary itself is not abhorrent per se. It’s just documenting the events that occur during one entire season of classes and the characters involved. Clearly, however, Mr. Green is not a model teacher that careful parents would want teaching their children anything, regardless of whatever knowledge and training he possesses. Despite the musical training he offers, he yells at the teenagers far too much. Also, although he appears to get results from the children, the kind of rock music atmosphere he creates is not a positive one, either spiritually or morally. Even Christians who like some rock music would object to the pagan style of many of the rock performances that Green teaches the children.
Furthermore, the documentary filmmakers could have bleeped out the foul language. They also could have presented some serious analysis of the rock school and Mr. Green’s teaching methods by real, professionally trained educators. It also wouldn’t hurt to provide some solid Christian teaching about the moral and spiritual problems in this school, as represented by the material shown in this movie. Much more could be said about the other problems in this documentary, but these problems are not particularly relevant to the main premise of the documentary, so please consult the CONTENT section above for more information.
That said, it is important to warn that it’s not a good thing to make idols out of celebrities, including rock celebrities. This is true no matter how talented the celebrities may be. While it may not be a bad thing to learn how to play and sing at least some forms of rock music, art (including the art of rock music) should serve God by worshipping him and/or revealing and contemplating his truths about life, the universe and eternity.
ROCK SCHOOL is well done, but contains strong Satanic references regarding Black Sabbath music and plenty of strong foul language. Also, the founder of the Philadelphia rock school, despite the training he gives, yells at the teenagers far too much. While the movie contains abhorrent content and bad role models for children, the documentary itself is not abhorrent per se. Nevertheless, it could have bleeped the foul language and balanced out the abhorrent content with some serious analysis of the rock school by real educators.