The Polka King (PG13)
Starring Jack Black, Jenny Slate, Jason Schwartzman
Directed by Maya Forbes
Jan Lewan, the character Jack Black plays in this 1990s-set comedy, is not unlike Dewey Finn, Black’s famous oddball in School of Rock. Both men are passionate about music (Dewey loves rock n’ roll; Jan digs polka), and they’ll do anything to pursue it, even if it means cheating.
In Dewey’s case, he pretends to be a teacher, while Jan conjures up a Ponzi scheme to bankroll his band. The difference? Jan’s story is real. Fact, fiction, who cares? Either way, Black’s hammy Polish accent and the catchy polka numbers (together: Oi! Oi! Oi!) are a hoot. On Netflix. (***)