Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages

DVD - 2012
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Drew and Sherrie meet in L.A. while pursuing their dream of life in the big city. Will their love survive the challenges the city throws their way? This musical features songs by Journey, Twisted Sister, Starship, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, and more.

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chakakant
Apr 08, 2017

Better than expected.

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amoby
Apr 06, 2017

I watched this because it had Mary J. Blige in it, did not realize this is a really long boring musical.

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cmarie20
Nov 06, 2016

Silly - Fun - Laugh out Loud Funny - Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand were hysterical - Cruise was great - Great music - Everyone gave 110% - enjoyed themselves and it showed

d2013 Oct 08, 2016

Love Alec Baldwin and the rest of cast. Julianne Hough is also an all around gifted person. The movie was entertaining and fun.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

I knew almost nothing of this film beforehand. It was something my wife wanted to see. I had no idea it was a musical, and no inkling that it could actually be good in any way.

What a surprise.

Okay, it's cheesy, but it's well-done cheesy. The music was phenomenal. The supporting cast was perfect. This is perhaps the only movie in the world that I can respect Tom Cruise's role since 1990. Alec Baldwin killed it. Paul Giamatti was fabulous. Russell Brand played his role very well. And though Mary J. Blige's character wasn't as vital or memorable as the others, I thought she played it exceptionally well.

The leads, well that's another story. I didn't like Julianne Hough in Footloose and I really didn't like her in Rock of Ages. The acting felt stilted at times. Her singing seemed more appropriate in a country musical. I understand she's from Oklahoma, but wouldn't a girl willing to risk everything to move to LA, who supposedly LOVES rock, be a little more--how you say--not cliche? Diego Boneta wasn't bad, but he wasn't anything great. He played his role well, but with a supporting cast like this one, it was easy to almost forget he existed (not good for a lead).

My only other complaint was the unnecessary jabs at the "boybands." Exaggerating the hilarity of it only makes the filmmakers look insecure. Okay, the outfit was not exaggerated, but come on... Z-Guyyeez? Too many low blows to even be funny or accurate.

In the end, this movie was still a lot of fun.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

Set in 1987, Adam Shankman’s rock ‘n roll musical follows the adventures of songbird Sherrie Christian (she’s just a small town girl) who leaves the dim lights of Tulsa Oklahoma to seek her fortune on L.A.’s Sunset Strip. Ending up waiting tables at the infamous Bourbon Room, Sherrie falls for Drew Boley, another singer wallowing in obscurity, and together the two face down adversity and heartache as they strive to make a name for themselves. Along the way there will be run-ins with an egotistical rock legend (Tom Cruise?!), a slimy talent agent, and a moral crusade of Orange County housewives led by the mayor’s suspiciously puritanical wife. Of course the cookie cutter plot takes a distant backseat to the non-stop barrage of 80’s metal anthems, but if Shankman was trying to do for big hair bands what Julie Taymor did for The Beatles in 2007’s Across The Universe he doesn’t even come close. Whereas Taymor’s film combined some amazing tunes with a cleverly conceived story, Shankman merely churns out an overly long music video which, thankfully, doesn’t take itself too seriously. Some of the staging is well done as when strip club owner Mary J. Blige belts out “Any Way You Want It” while her girls defy gravity on the dance poles, but most of the numbers are just plain silly fun...picture Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin as aging metal-heads falling in love with each other while crooning “Can’t Fight This Feeling”. If the movie itself is completely forgettable the soundtrack will keep you humming for days and the little splashes of 80s memorabilia, including a few wrinkled cameos, will make those of us old enough to remember crack a smile. Or just cringe.

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palaminopony
Jun 25, 2014

“Rock of Ages” is a movie-musical based off of the Broadway musical of the same name. It follows the adventures of Sherrie and Drew, a young couple. The film begins with Sherrie arriving in Los Angeles, and meeting Drew, who works at a rock and roll club called ‘The Bourbon Room’. The club is deep in debt, causing the owners to call in Stacee Jaxx, a famous rock star, to perform. They hope that the funds raised from Stacee’s performance will be enough to pay off the debt. However, nothing goes as planned, and the movie’s characters are launched into a strange series of events.
While the Broadway version of “Rock of Ages” was a hit, the movie version was a massive flop. The characters are dull and flat, and the plot is confusing and not at all like the musical. The songs themselves can be considered mediocre covers at best, and the dance sequences are headache-inducing. “Rock of Ages” seemed so promising, what with its all-star cast and Broadway history, but it failed to deliver.
This movie is appropriate for people ages fifteen and up. There is strong sexual content and various curse words strewn throughout the movie. It is a shame that “Rock of Ages” was so terrible, as it had potential to be a fantastic movie-musical.

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FLORIN MILEA
Apr 25, 2014

It's a blast.

Ambigirl2013 Feb 08, 2014

Should have never left the stage.

hania4987 Jan 05, 2014

the music was great and a lot of fun BUT the movie was incredibly trite and embarrassing. standout singing by Mary J Blige

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jimg2000
Oct 29, 2013

more lyrics from "Don't Stop Believin'": Working hard to get my fill,
Everybody wants a thrill
Payin anything to roll the dice,
Just one more time
Some will win, some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on and on and on

(chorus)

Dont stop believin
Hold on to the feelin
Streetlight people

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jimg2000
Oct 29, 2013

Just a small town girl, livin in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin anywhere
Just a city boy, born and raised in south detroit
He took the midnight train goin anywhere

A singer in a smokey room
A smell of wine and cheap perfume
For a smile they can share the night
It goes on and on and on and on

Strangers waiting, up and down the boulevard
Their shadows searching in the night
Streetlight people, living just to find emotion
Hiding, somewhere in the night

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jimg2000
Oct 29, 2013

Dennis Dupree: Paul! You're early!

Paul Gill: Actually, I told Stacee the gig was last night, so technically we're a day late... don't tell him.

aaa5756 Jun 05, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

aaa5756 Jun 05, 2013

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
― Victor Hugo

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Apr 09, 2013

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