After getting kicked out of his band and threatened with eviction by his roommate and girlfriend, Dewey Finn takes a job as a substitute teacher to prove he can be responsible.
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But the job he gets is actually intended for for his roommate Ned. Dewey took a phone call from the school principal intended for Ned and pretended to be him. He impersonates Ned and lackadaisically teaches the class until he overhears the kids playing during music class. Impressed with their talents he decides to form a rock band and win $20,000 in a Battle of the Bands contest.
He teaches the kids the history of rock music, playing them all the greats and teaching them to loosen up and play their instruments passionately.
Things are going well and Dewey is becoming attached to the kids. He winds over some parents during parent-teacher night and is looking forward to the contest. But then everything falls apart when the first paycheck arrives addressed to Ned.
Best part of story, including ending:
The way Dewey becomes a good teacher when he is finally passionate about something (music).
Best scene in story:
Dewey fails an attempted stage dive, which is pretty hilarious.
Opinion about the main character:
Dewey is very irresponsible and the sort of guy who you like but wouldn't want to have as a roommate.