Rock of Ages

(DVD - 2012)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Rock of Ages
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 many more.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2012.
Edition: Rental ed.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (123 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Dec 13, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

“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.

Apr 25, 2014
  • FLORIN MILEA rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's a blast.

Feb 08, 2014
  • Ambigirl2013 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Should have never left the stage.

Jan 05, 2014
  • hania4987 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 12, 2013
  • Darth777Vader rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really loved this movie! I recommend it to anyone who loves rock n' roll! Tom Cruise was awesome, and the actors were great at singing!

Oct 29, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Give the actors credit, they belted out those 80's tunes for their own parts in this Broadway musical adaption. Could be much worse right?

Oct 08, 2013
  • NJMassey86 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I just loved it for the music... and I thought the boyband bit was hilarious!

Sep 23, 2013
  • mkm1972 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A LOT better than I was expecting! If you are a fan of 80's music, you will find yourself singing along. What impressed me most was the actors did their own singing. Tom Cruise looked amazing and his singing was great too. Wasn't sure how that would be, since his singing in Top Gun wasn't the greatest :)

I have to admit i like the movie. Anyone living in that age, big hair, rock music, clubs that were a bit cheap and dirty, LOL It was fun!

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Oct 29, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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


Dont stop believin
Hold on to the feelin
Streetlight people

Oct 29, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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

Oct 29, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 05, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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

Jun 05, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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


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