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Rock of Ages

ages 16+ | 44% Say It's Worth Your Time

The songs of Journey, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and other artists underscore a tale of big dreams in Hollywood. Soon after hopping off a bus from the Midwest, aspiring singer Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) immediately finds herself in trouble. Coming to her rescue is Drew (Diego Boneta), a bar-back at the legendary club the Bourbon Room. With stars in their eyes, the young lovers chase their dreams, but a misunderstanding involving rock god Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) ]threatens to tear them apart.


Runtime: 2 hr 3 min

Director: Adam Shankman

Producer: Tobey Maguire, Adam Shankman, Richard Brener, Chris D'Arienzo, Toby Emmerich, Jennifer Gibgot, Garrett Grant, Carl Levin, Matthew Weaver, Michael Disco, Samuel Brown, Scott Prisand, Hillary Weaver, Janet Rich

Cast: Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bryan Cranston, Malin Akerman, Will Forte, Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Diego Boneta, Erica Frene, Angelo Valderrama

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Rated PG-13 Sexual Content|Language|Some Heavy Drinking|Suggestive Dancing

  • 8 of 10 Sex & Nudity
  • 3 of 10 Violence & Gore
  • 4 of 10 Profanity

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  • travlucas (Male)

    ages 16+ | Not Worth Your Time

    I love it!!! OOOOh so much, it was my opus! My lifes work.

    October 3rd, 2012 · Details
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  • tpoppleton (Male) Deseret News Critic

    Mature 17+ | Not Worth Your Time

    It’s difficult to call “Rock of Ages” an all-out flop.

    Yes, one of the three story lines feels like an unfortunate sequel to that “American Idol” movie, “From Justin to Kelly.” And true, the story has no idea where it’s going, is altogether too long, and director Adam Shankman takes every opportunity to shock and offend audiences. But the supporting cast in “Rock of Ages” is so good, it’s almost impossible to write the film off as a movie better unseen.

    And yet, that’s where it lands.

    Not even the sincerest camp from Tom Cruise, Paul Giamiatti, Alec Baldwin and Catherine Zeta-Jones is enough to elevate this to story to a guilty pleasure.

    Set in Los Angeles during the late 1980s, two aspiring musicians (Diego Boneta and Julianne Hough) try to make their way to fame and fortune while waiting tables at the legendary Bourbon Room — a rock club which regularly headlines rock and roll’s biggest names.

    While the two dabble through a paint-by-numbers love story, conservative watch groups, led by the politically driven Patricia Whitmore (Zeta-Jones), pool their resources to bring down the city’s seediest establishments, naming the Bourbon Room as public enemy No. 1.

    The Bourbon Room’s owner (Baldwin), already against the ropes because of failing finances, hopes a comeback performance from music-god Stacee Jaxx (Cruise) will square away the bar’s financial woes, silence the churchgoers, and once again put Jaxx and the Bourbon Room at the center of music greatness.

    As expected, the three stories find their way to a single karaoke ending, though at no point do the individual tales find a compelling reason for audiences to care.

    The problem with “Rock of Ages,” the glaring problem, is that there’s no real audience for the film.

    There’s no data anywhere to support the idea that rock fans of the '80s evolved into musical theater lovers in their mid-30s. Musical theater lovers of today won’t get the endless inside jokes derived from Journey, Poison or Night Ranger lyrics. And for parents simply looking to wax nostalgic with some of their favorite classic ditties, the film is so unnecessarily racy that it would turn any date night into a series of awkward stares and manly promises like, “I had my eyes closed through that whole Foreigner scene.”

    Speaking of Foreigner, there’s an almost pornographic moment in the film where, during our screening, a dad grabbed his daughter by the hand and walked her out of the theater. The general consensus from those sitting in the audience probably wasn’t “Good for you, Dad,” but instead, “I can’t believe it took you this long.”

    It was disheartening to see some really great elements wasted on this movie. Giamatti may have been the only cast member who couldn’t sing, but his portrayal of sleazy music manager Paul Gill worked so well with Cruise’s questionably insane Jaxx, that you might end up wondering why they weren’t the focus of the entire story.

    Likewise, Baldwin and Russell Brand earn some genuinely funny moments, though they’re almost always interrupted by the charisma-vacuums, Boneta and Hough.

    But like a chocolate taco salad smothered in ranch dressing, the great components of this film never mix with any level of success, leaving the terrible aspects with no redeeming substance to hide behind.

    Overall, the film gets 2 stars and is rated PG-13 for sexual content, suggestive dancing, some heavy drinking and language.

    August 11th, 2012 · Details
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  • toddjhandy (Male)

    ages 16+ | Not Worth Your Time

    As a child of the 80s, and one who listened to all the "hair bands", I loved the music- that was the #1 reason I went to see the show. But, it was a bit over the top in some of the sexuality, including one (or really two) scene(s) that really was just uncomfortable for me- and I was there only with my wife! Music- great. Story- OK. Sexual content- a little "too much".

    June 22nd, 2012 · Details
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  • toddkunz1980 (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    Horrible movie- just shows you how out of touch Hollywood is with mainstream America.

    June 15th, 2012 · Details
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  • sneven (Male)

    Mature 17+ |

    A few good music covers, but mostly junk.

    January 17th, 2014 · Details
  • cindy.dufoe (Female)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    maybe its my age, and enjoying the many great old songs of the time, but i found this movie surprisingly entertaining. I was skeptical at first.. but wanted to see Tom Cruise pull off 'rock star' . What i got was an evening of music and laughs. The content is definitely mature.. but hey - its the 80's!

    May 19th, 2013 · Details
  • billynair (Male)

    Mature 17+ | Worth Your Time

    It was dumb fun! If you like 80s music or musicals, you might like this one! I am not a fan of musicals, but I did like Rocky Horror Picture Show (never been to a live version) and Jesus Christ Superstar. This had a feel to it along the lines of JCS, so if you are into that kind of movie, you should find this entertaining. Don't worry about plot or talent, just enjoy the ride!

    December 31st, 2012 · Details
  • darren.wilson.351756 (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Great movie, if you didn't like it, you didn't get it. It's a musical, if you don't like musicals you'll hate. As far as some of the comments about the sexual content being over the top, I thought it was very very tame compared to what the hair bands from the 80's actually did. Those of you who have attended a Motle Crue concert know exactly what I'm talking about.

    July 18th, 2012 · Details
  • smoman (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 16+ | Worth Your Time

    Sex, Drinking and Rock and Roll. This guilty pleasure his funny and Tom Cruise does sing well and hits the mark as an aging rock star from the 80's.

    July 9th, 2012 · Details
  • christianne.lund (Female)

    Mature 18+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Foul, gross, and horrible acting/screenplay. Why waste your time?

    June 22nd, 2012 · Details

Okfor ages12+