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Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Guy Raz Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 1:43 pm

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

On his last day hosting weekends on All Things Considered, Guy Raz tells us about the movie that he could watch a million times, Richard Linklater's School of Rock.

Guy won't be going far; listen for him in early March 2013 as host of the new NPR program The Ted Radio Hour, a radio partnership with TedTalks.


Interview Highlights

On when he first saw School of Rock

"I first saw it on DVD. I was living overseas and I was spending quite a bit of time going back and forth to Iraq. And I was seeing things that I wished I never had and experiencing things that were tough and at times would get you down. And I just happened to pick this film up at a video store — I was living at Jerusalem at the time — and it instantly took me somewhere else, somewhere that I need to go, which was into this fantasy world that was hysterically funny and amazingly optimistic."

On why he loves Dewey Finn, Jack Black's character in the film

"The thing about the character that Jack Black plays is that he's so sincere and earnest, and he loves rock 'n' roll in the most earnest and sincere film and he can transmit that to those kids."



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Transcript

GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz. And here in the studio with me is our producer Lily Percy. She is the creator of a segment we love. It's called Movie I've Seen a Million Times. And, Lily, you are here to introduce the latest installment on the occasion of my last day hosting this program.

LILY PERCY, BYLINE: Guy, ever since this series began, I've been trying to get you...

RAZ: Yes, you have.

PERCY: ...to record your own Movie I've Seen a Million Times. You refused to do it.

RAZ: Yes, I have.

PERCY: But finally, finally today on your last show, you agreed. So here it is.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

RAZ: My name is Guy Raz, and I've been the host of this program, WEEKEND ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from 2009 right up until this evening. And the movie that I could watch a million times is "School of Rock" directed by Richard Linklater and starring Jack Black.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

RAZ: I first saw it on DVD. I was living overseas, and I was spending quite a bit of time going back and forth to Iraq. And I was seeing things that I wished I never had and experiencing things that were tough and at times would get you down.

And I just happened to pick this film up at a video store - I was living in Jerusalem at the time. I put it on, and it instantly took me somewhere else, somewhere that I needed to go, which was into this fantasy world that was hysterically funny and amazingly optimistic. It is just a simple story about Dewey Finn who truly believes in his heart that rock and roll can change the world.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "SCHOOL OF ROCK")

JACK BLACK: (as Dewey Finn) I serve the society by rocking, OK? I'm out there on the front lines liberating people with my music. Rocking ain't a walk in the park, lady.

RAZ: He ends up getting a job as a substitute teacher at the finest school in Chicago.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "SCHOOL OF ROCK")

(SOUNDBITE OF PHONE RINGING)

BLACK: (as Dewey Finn) Hello. This is Ned Schneebly.

RAZ: The job was meant to go to his roommate named Ned. Jack Black's character, Dewey, pretends to be Ned.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "SCHOOL OF ROCK")

JOAN CUSACK: (as Principal Mullins) Everyone, I'd like to introduce Ms. Dunham's substitute. This is Mr. Schneebly.

RAZ: And he takes over this class and he discovers these kids are amazing musicians.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "SCHOOL OF ROCK")

BLACK: (as Dewey Finn) I heard you in music class. You guys can really play. Why didn't anyone tell me? You.

RAZ: So he decides that he was going - he's going to make them into a rock band with Dewey Finn, Jack Black, as the lead singer, the front man of this band. And that's really where the story takes off.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "SCHOOL OF ROCK")

BLACK: (as Dewey Finn) Lead guitar, Zach Attack. Take a seat. On bass, Posh Spice.

RAZ: And the thing about the character that Jack Black plays is that he's so sincere and earnest, he loves rock and roll in the most earnest and sincere way. And can transmit that to those kids.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "SCHOOL OF ROCK")

BLACK: (as Dewey Finn) I pledge allegiance...

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (as Students) I pledge allegiance...

BLACK: (as Dewey Finn) ...to the band.

GROUP OF BOYS AND GIRLS: (as Students) ...to the band.

RAZ: There's a moment early on when Jack Black's character, he starts to sing a song that he's written.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "SCHOOL OF ROCK")

BLACK: (as Dewey Finn) (Singing) In the end of time, there was a man who knew the road.

RAZ: (Singing) And the writing...

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "SCHOOL OF ROCK")

BLACK: (as Dewey Finn) (Singing) And the writing...

RAZ: (Singing) ...was written...

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "SCHOOL OF ROCK")

BLACK: (as Dewey Finn) (Singing) ...was written...

RAZ: (Singing) ...on stone...

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "SCHOOL OF ROCK")

BLACK: (as Dewey Finn) (Singing) ...on stone...

RAZ: He's singing the song he's written, and he has the kids as his backup.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "SCHOOL OF ROCK")

BLACK: (as Dewey Finn) (Singing) Well, you're not hardcore...

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (as Students) Well, you're not hardcore...

RAZ: (Singing) Unless you live hardcore. Unless you live hardcore. And the legend of the rent was way hardcore.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "SCHOOL OF ROCK")

BLACK: (as Dewey Finn) (Singing) Yeah. Now we're rocking.

RAZ: There's something magical about that moment and about seeing this all come together.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "SCHOOL OF ROCK")

BLACK: (Singing) Riding down the highway...

RAZ: This is the perfect movie. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.