Rock of Ages (2012)

Rock of Ages
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Sexual references and infrequent coarse language

Director: Adam Shankman
Actors: Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Malin Akerman, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin, Bryan Cranston, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Will Forte, Mary J. Blige

Set in 1987 Los Angeles, Drew and Sherrie are two young people chasing their dreams in the big city. When they meet, it's love at first sight, though their romance will face a series of challenges.

DVD
Status: QuickPick
Run time: 100mins
Origin: UNITED STATES
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Can't fight this feeling
by Jess Lomas,

Doomed to be labelled ‘Glee with a Hollywood budget on crack’, Adam Shankman (Hairspray) ineptly directs this all-star adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages. Set in 1986 on Los Angeles' rock and booze soaked Sunset Strip, Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) arrives from small town Oklahoma with a suitcase full of records and head full of dreams. She meets Drew Boley (Diego Boneta), a busboy at The Bourbon Room and a wannabe rock and roll star, who hooks her up with a job and soon steals her heart. The club is in danger of shutting down; its owner Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin) and right-hand man Lonny (Russell Brand) are faced with unpaid taxes and opposition from the Mayor (Bryan Cranston) and his conservative wife Patricia (Catherine Zeta-Jones) who want to clean up the strip...

Doomed to be labelled ‘Glee with a Hollywood budget on crack’, Adam Shankman (Hairspray) ineptly directs this all-star adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages. Set in 1986 on Los Angeles' rock and booze soaked Sunset Strip, Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) arrives from small town Oklahoma with a suitcase full of records and head full of dreams. She meets Drew Boley (Diego Boneta), a busboy at The Bourbon Room and a wannabe rock and roll star, who hooks her up with a job and soon steals her heart.

The club is in danger of shutting down; its owner Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin) and right-hand man Lonny (Russell Brand) are faced with unpaid taxes and opposition from the Mayor (Bryan Cranston) and his conservative wife Patricia (Catherine Zeta-Jones) who want to clean up the strip. In steps rock legend Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise), who performs his final show with his band Arsenal at The Bourbon Room and sets off a chain of events that will change Sherrie and Drew’s relationship, rewrite what it means to be a rock star, and cause the cast to burst into song for roughly 90% of the film’s running time.

The much-loved stage show relies on the cast’s ability to engage with the audience in a ‘wink, wink, nudge, nudge’ manner, highlighting the cheesiness of the 80s soundtrack, the big hair, bad clothes, and superficial relationships. In Shankman’s take on the story, the free-spirited delivery of songs is often left to fall on Hough’s shoulders, and thankfully she gives a stand out performance. Paul Giamatti as Jaxx’s manager and Mary J. Blige as the strip club owner also offer great performances amongst an ocean of average, including Malin Akerman as a wide-eyed journalist. Stilted renditions from Baldwin - who misses the mark as the spaced-out club owner - Brand - whose lines fall flat consistently - and Cruise - who seems to think wearing assless chaps and sunglasses negate the need for him to actually act - prolong the already bloated two hour running time.

While the movie begins with a bang, you can’t help but feel drawn in by a string of high-energy songs. But the pace soon drops off, and while musical numbers outweigh plot development and dialogue, there are several times throughout when you can easily become absorbed. Ultimately however, Rock of Ages comes off as a two-hour celebrity karaoke video with little charm.

2.5/5

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Member Reviews (46)

Flik
says
This movie was better than I thought but still not as good as I had hoped. It's a good little movie to watch and sing along to. Some moments were truly LOL and some were just plain weird. Tom Cruise we thought was good in this role. He played the OTT character very well.
Posted Saturday, 18 January 2014 See my other reviews
Those who hate this movie are probably the very teens and 20-somethings that raved in the Heavy-Metal scene, for real, back in that time, hoping that no one remembers their "underachiever and proud of it" times and today hide the tatoos that prove it. Tom Cruise has come a long way from Top Gun -in singing-. As someone else wrote, he is "the only one who got that this is an over-the-top satire". I'd say Paul Giamatti got it too. The main girl's singing sounds like Britney Spears on helium, which adds to the fun. Kids, just relax and enjoy taking a peek at your parents when they thought they were cool!
Posted Thursday, 26 December 2013 See my other reviews
Awful. Even though it was a musical, too much singing.
Posted Wednesday, 30 October 2013 See my other reviews
\Really enjoyed this movie the music was great and the movie was easy to watch.
Posted Wednesday, 4 September 2013 See my other reviews
Emma
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Horrible horrible horrible!!! The actually stage show is brilliant so I thought I'd enjoy this. Not so much. Tom Cruise plays an arrogant douche, the blonde main chick can't act and the relationship between Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand is just bizzare. The only good thing is the soundtrack, but even that gets slightly ruined by the people who sing the songs! Stupid movie
Posted Friday, 30 August 2013 See my other reviews
Waste of time , I really wont bother
Posted Sunday, 23 June 2013 See my other reviews
Gail
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Didn't realise it was a musical - cringeworthy. lasted about 10mins, then moved onto a better movie.
Posted Wednesday, 19 June 2013 See my other reviews
obeone
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Enjoyable. Took a while to warm into the movie, but I was taken away by the 80s music I grew up with. Its all about the songs, don't expect a huge storyline. Just a bit of fun.
Posted Saturday, 15 June 2013 See my other reviews
Kim
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Why did all these A Grade actors sign on for this rubbish? This is now my all time worst movie ever seen and I've seen some bad movies. I bet Nicole and Katie were watching with their hands over their eyes......how embarrassing and what was Tom Cruise thinking??
Posted Friday, 7 June 2013 See my other reviews
Alison Grills
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Has hadn't the best critical reviews, but I don't understand why. It's full of awesome 80's rock music, and big stars willing to send themselves up. It's fun, and sometimes that's all a movie needs to be.
Posted Friday, 7 June 2013 See my other reviews
gerd
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It's very much an old-fashioned musical, but updated to use 1980s rock songs. Typical of the genre, it's a bit corny when people break into song and dance mid-conversation. Still the story, such as time allows between songs, covers off all the expected clichés, such as eccentric and boozy rock star, star-struck journalist, sleazy politician and young hopefuls in love. The bonus is that the music is enjoyable.
Posted Sunday, 26 May 2013 See my other reviews
pm
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great snapshot into a very specific sub culture
Posted Wednesday, 22 May 2013 See my other reviews
Rob
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Don't bother! It's only good if you watch it fastforward..
Posted Monday, 20 May 2013 See my other reviews
mak
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loved it! sang the whole way through...
Posted Monday, 20 May 2013 See my other reviews
Lisa
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Terrible, I lasted 7 minutes. Say no more.
Posted Wednesday, 8 May 2013 See my other reviews
sanne
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awfull!
Posted Sunday, 5 May 2013 See my other reviews
Story was ordinary but good music, re-living the 80's and 90's. Tom Cruise steals the show.
Posted Friday, 3 May 2013 See my other reviews
De
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Too much singing, too predictable, almost painful to watch.
Posted Sunday, 28 April 2013 See my other reviews
Margit
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I love Tom Cruise but his not a rock star.
Posted Friday, 19 April 2013 See my other reviews
Rich
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This movie is all about the music. The acting is average, the script ordinary, but having grown up in the eighties I loved hearing the old rock tracks. BTW who told Russel Brand he could act ?
Posted Thursday, 4 April 2013 See my other reviews
Ann E.
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I loved this movie but Tom Cruise's character was a little scarey! ! ! You have to like musicals and you would have to love the great music of the 80's.
Posted Thursday, 28 March 2013 See my other reviews
Cindy
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Musicals as unashamedly corny as this one need to be fresh, energetic and utterly charming to succeed, eg: Mamma Mia. Sadly, Rock of Ages is none of the above. Some of the cast try hard, but the few toe-tapping moments are far outweighed by the cringeworthy ones.
Posted Tuesday, 26 March 2013 See my other reviews
Kazza
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Thoroughly enjoyed this movie, music, dancing, singing all well done, tx guys
Posted Monday, 25 March 2013 See my other reviews
Purplesue
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Didn't know what to expect, but this wasn't it!! Disappointed. Music was only redeeming thing about it :-(
Posted Sunday, 24 March 2013 See my other reviews
Lisa
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Was pleasantly surprised by this movie. It has all the great 80's rock songs in it - if you like musicals you should like this movie.
Posted Tuesday, 19 March 2013 See my other reviews
Taryn
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Loved the music in it. Will be buying the soundtrack as I grew upo with those songs. But not too sure about the movie itself, but on the poor side.
Posted Monday, 18 March 2013 See my other reviews
All I can say is music rocks by the originals in this movie rubbish, I didn't like Tom Cruise' portrayal of a rock god. would not recommend this movie to anyone, rubbish.
Posted Monday, 4 March 2013 See my other reviews
loved it...hilarious!!
Posted Friday, 1 March 2013 See my other reviews
Harlowe
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Even the Tom Cruise haters would be hard pressed to not enjoy this. He embodies the 80's rock God and his mannerisms and voice are quite amazing. Be prepared for corny and silly. It gets better after the first half hour. For those who don't realise - THIS IS A FULL BLOWN MUSICAL. There is dialogue, but YES, they break into song in context with what is going on. THAT is done cleverly. And you can't fail to be uplifted by the Journey classic 'Don't Stop Believing' in the finale. This one took me back to the good old days, but it won't be for everyone. I think you needed to be out in the thick of it during the 80s to truly get the nostalgia, the hair, the fashion and music.
Posted Tuesday, 19 February 2013 See my other reviews
Paula
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Tedious. Tom Cruise was the only interesting part. Alec Baldwin wasnt bad either. Very very few mildly amusing bits and a serious amount of cringe.
Posted Saturday, 2 February 2013 See my other reviews
d
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lots of fun! Tom Cruise was surprisingly good. If you grew up in the 80s you should enjoy this movie
Posted Friday, 1 February 2013 See my other reviews
hb_douglas
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Good fun, good music - that's enough really.
Posted Friday, 1 February 2013 See my other reviews
Michelle
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Hated it. Skipped through the chapters hoping it would improve but no chance. The 80's produced some good music but none of it was in this movie. Pop fluff.
Posted Saturday, 26 January 2013 See my other reviews
CC
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Oh dear! What a load of dross! Thank goodness for Russell Brand & Alec Baldwin. The storyline is as cliched and hackneyed as you could possibly get. And so many songs! A bit more dialogue would have been good. What's the point of having quality comedians as actors if they rarely speak? And the main squeaky-clean good ol' American kids-next-door boy & girl - yuk! That's not rock'n'roll! Where's my Sid & Nancy DVD...?
Posted Monday, 14 January 2013 See my other reviews
Apart from the hot blonde chick, this movie really didn't interest me. Was kinda pointless...too musical for my takes...
Posted Sunday, 13 January 2013 See my other reviews
Jodster
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Tom Cruise is not a rock star! loved the rest & russell brand stole the show. Loved the 80's music.
Posted Tuesday, 8 January 2013 See my other reviews
Sarah
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Sorry but this was sooooo boring, get the whole thing and what it was trying to do but way to silly for my likings.... like a bunch of teenagers put it together. And agree with the warning about the musical - didn't know it was one when I put it in my queue!
Posted Wednesday, 2 January 2013 See my other reviews
Simon
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It was great to hear all the 80's songs we grew up with. I thought Tom Cruise did a great job as the sleazy rock star.
Posted Friday, 21 December 2012 See my other reviews
andrea
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great musical,very tongue in cheek,along the lines of mamma mia.Just very odd to see Tom Cruise singing.good for a laugh and light entertainment
Posted Sunday, 9 December 2012 See my other reviews
Should have come with a warning that it's a musical - it's very bad. Only good thing about it was the 80s rock music.
Posted Wednesday, 28 November 2012 See my other reviews
chrissychrispants
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I usually like musicals, but this one was just terrible - I found myself embarrassed at what I was watching and skipped some songs. Only Tom Cruise's character made me smirk from time to time.
Posted Wednesday, 28 November 2012 See my other reviews
Not a fan
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Utterly terrible! Very corny and only suitable for those who love the song and dance routine. It's my own fault for not doing my research before adding it to my queue but gee I wish musicals came with a warning label as they always SUCK!
Posted Wednesday, 7 November 2012 See my other reviews
Melzy
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Yep well said .... It's a giant musical ... For all the hype I wasn't really a fan!!! :(
Posted Tuesday, 6 November 2012 See my other reviews
good if you enjoy 80's music, but overall i would compare it to an 80's version of glee
Posted Monday, 5 November 2012 See my other reviews
Best movie ever - my favourite !!!!
Posted Tuesday, 23 October 2012 See my other reviews
Shane
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Not my kind of movie. Only Glam Rock not so very mainstream 80ties. Tom Cruise was not acting just being himself.
Posted Monday, 22 October 2012 See my other reviews