Jack Black Hams It Up As 'The Polka King'

It's like 'School of Rock' but with Polka music.


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. (***)


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