Documentary about a real-life Philadelphia school of rock, headed by its founder and self-proclaimed "überlord" Paul Green. The film follows an entire season of classes. Directed by Don Argott. [1:33]
SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man talks about talking to young people on the subject of "when he lost his virginity." A woman's top is unzipped and reveals cleavage and men and boys are seen bare-chested.
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man smacks a girl on the head. A man yells at a boy, smacks him in the head and throws him on the floor (they are play acting). A man with a plastic bat and a boy with drumsticks play fight.
► A man yells and berates children throughout the movie: he threatens to hit a girl (it's unclear whether he means it), and he says "I'm gonna kill your family and bathe in the blood" (this was evidently meant in jest). A man yells at young people and is very angry; he goes out into a hallway and kicks the wall. A man and a girl yell at each other (the girl ends up in tears).
► A boy talks about having attempted suicide by wrapping a vacuum cleaner cord around his neck and jumping off a flight of stairs. A boy talks about having been born by cesarean section because his head was too big for his mother's anatomy, and his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck; also, that the size of his head led to brain damage (it's not clear whether this is true). We hear that a boy has emergency surgery because of a bone disorder.
► Two young men and a girl have a spitting contest.
PROFANITY 8 - 35 F-words, 1 obscene hand gesture, 19 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (jerk), 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A young man smokes a cigarette. A man talks about a girl looking like a "future heroin addict" and a boy talks about singing a song that is "about pot."
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Rock music, perfectionism, talent, stardom, making it, mental disabilities, living vicariously through your children, ego, disrespect, wanting to be a rock star, fear, laziness, tenacity, bone disorders, work ethic, Satan, Quakers, activism, heroes, quitting, giving up.
MESSAGE - Long live rock.