Rock of Ages
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.
Release Date: June 15, 2012
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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It‚Äôs difficult to call ‚ÄúRock of Ages‚Äù an all-out flop. Yes, one of the three story lines feels like an unfortunate sequel to that ‚ÄúAmerican Idol‚Äù movie, ‚ÄúFrom Justin to Kelly.‚Äù And true, the story has no idea where it‚Äôs going, is altogether too long, and director Adam Shankman takes every opportunity to shock and offend audiences. But the supporting cast in ‚ÄúRock of Ages‚Äù is so good, it‚Äôs almost impossible to write the film off as a movie better unseen. And yet, that‚Äôs 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 ‚Äî a rock club which regularly headlines rock and roll‚Äôs 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‚Äôs seediest establishments, naming the Bourbon Room as public enemy No. 1. The Bourbon Room‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄúRock of Ages,‚Äù the glaring problem, is that there‚Äôs no real audience for the film. There‚Äôs 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‚Äôt 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, ‚ÄúI had my eyes closed through that whole Foreigner scene.‚Äù Speaking of Foreigner, there‚Äôs 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‚Äôt ‚ÄúGood for you, Dad,‚Äù but instead, ‚ÄúI can‚Äôt believe it took you this long.‚Äù It was disheartening to see some really great elements wasted on this movie. Giamatti may have been the only cast member who couldn‚Äôt sing, but his portrayal of sleazy music manager Paul Gill worked so well with Cruise‚Äôs questionably insane Jaxx, that you might end up wondering why they weren‚Äôt the focus of the entire story. Likewise, Baldwin and Russell Brand earn some genuinely funny moments, though they‚Äôre 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
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".
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
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
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
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