Let's say it's the end of the movie. The band has just finished their encore.

The parents and principal have been moved by the performance and realize the positive influence Dewey Finn (Jack Black) has had on the children, so they wouldn't choose to press any charges.

Similarly, Ned Shneebly, the substitute teacher Dewey Finn has been fraudulently impersonating, begins to appreciate his friend despite the bad choices he's made and wouldn't choose to press any charges.

What repercussions is Jack Black facing for his actions throughout the movie?


Essentially the only "crime" Dewey commits is

False Impersonation

You falsely personate/impersonate someone else when you falsely represent yourself as another person, for the purpose of deceiving someone.

False personation is what is known as a “wobbler” in California law. This means that it may be charged as either a California misdemeanor or a felony.

If false impersonation is charged as a misdemeanor, it is punishable by a fine of up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000), and/or up to one (1) year in county jail.4

Felony false personation carries a potential fine of up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000), and a potential sentence of sixteen (16) months, two (2) years or three (3) years (which in most cases will be served in county jail under California's realignment program)


Additionally, he could be charged with fraud as, presumably, he was receiving a salary under false pretenses but that would be up to the authorities to decide.

As for what punishment he might receive it's impossible to gauge, he might receive leniency after sentencing recommendations...after all he did a good job and no-one was really harmed...or a judge might decide to throw the book at him.

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    He did deprive all those students of the actual lessons they were supposed to learn during that time. His "math lesson" song, where he gives the wrong answer, comes to mind. May 28 '18 at 14:41
  • Perhaps but that, in and of itself, is not a crime.
    – Paulie_D
    May 28 '18 at 16:55
  • Of course! I was just thinking about how that might affect his punishment. May 28 '18 at 17:13
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    Sure but it seems likely that the entire class and their parent would be character witnesses. I'm not sure there's really any indication that the kids' education was left lacking to any great extent.
    – Paulie_D
    May 28 '18 at 17:18

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