Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Jack Black, Mike White, Sarah Silverman, Joan Cusack, Miranda Cosgrove
Lesson Learned: It's easy to forget about a teacher's blatant disregard for proper education if he plays a mean bass guitar.

At first glance, Richard Linklater's The School Of Rock looks and feels like Nickelodeon fodder; shit, it even co-stars iCarly herself, Miranda Cosgrove. The story of a failed rocker who seeks musical redemption through a class of musically inclined youngsters, it's every bit as cutesy-funny as Cosgrove's show. But it's also steeped in rock 'n' roll history, joyously pleasant, very funny, and anchored by Jack Black's best performance to date. The adult-friendly family flick is written with such unassuming warmth and intelligent humor, by co-star Mike White, that it's leagues above your typical kids' movie. Credit Linklater's background in the independent film circuit—he's no Spy Kids type.