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Rock Star (2001)

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Lead singer of a tribute band becomes lead singer of the real band he idolizes.



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Chris Cole was born to rock. His longtime girlfriend Emily believes his talent could take him all the way - but Chris worships at the altar of Bobby Beers, the fiery frontman for heavy metal legends Steel Dragon. By day, Chris still lives at home with his parents and spends his days repairing copy machines. But when Chris takes the stage, fronting Pennsylvania's premiere Steel Dragon tribute band, all of that disappears. Chris Cole is Bobby Beers - mesmerizing audiences with his perfect imitation of Beers' electrifying vocals. The night his bandmates boot him out of the group, Chris is devastated - until an unexpected phone call changes his life forever: He, Chris Cole, has been tapped to replace Bobby Beers as the lead singer of Steel Dragon. In an instant, Chris rockets to the dizzying heights of sudden stardom, rising from devotee to icon, from rock fan to rock god - the wanna-be who got to be. So what happens when an average guy gets everything he wants - and discovers it's not ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Every guy wants to be you. Every girl wants to be with you. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 September 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Metal God  »

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Box Office


$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,018,636 (USA) (7 September 2001)


£536,444 (UK) (18 January 2002)

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Brad Pitt was initially offered the role of Chris Cole. See more »


After the first concert, while they are dancing, when Emily is dancing with two people, one clearly looks at the camera. See more »


Emily: Oh no no... I could make you a pair of those. But first you gotta tell me what you shove in there to make people think you're a guy.
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Repeated outtakes of the reporter. See more »


References Three Kings (1999) See more »


Wasted Generation
Written by Desmond Child, Jeremy Popoff (as J. Allen) and A. Jay Popoff (as A. Allen)
Produced by Tom Werman
Performed by Steel Dragon and Blood Pollution
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User Reviews

Simplistic and Enjoyable. Prepare to Rock Out!
29 January 2002 | by (Cherry Hill, NJ) – See all my reviews

ROCK STAR is a well-told Hollywood-style rendition of the tale based on fact actually on how Ripper became Rob Halford's replacement for Judas Priest. Mark Wahlberg poured on his likable boy-ish charm and performed with believable admirably, something he has been known to do since the release of BOOGIE NIGHTS.

Stephen Herek, no stranger to musically-themed movies, takes the audience through the wonders of the breakneck lifestyle of an extinct species, the Hair-Metal Rock God. Wahlberg's "Izzy" acts as the film's host plays the everyman who gets to see his wish come true. His likable character quickly wins over the heart of the viewer, who wants to see him succeed and gets the chance to give him the Metal "goat horn" hand-sign several times over.

The only real complaint with the story is that the supporting cast, namely the other members of the band, were not fleshed out, or even introduced, properly. More interaction with these life-long Rock musicians would have amplified and solidified Izzy's new surroundings.

Naturally, ROCK STAR is filled with great music. Rabin's score, the Steel Dragon's original work and plenty of 80's-style Metal hits makes this soundtrack a must-have! Let's all hope that films like ROCK STAR not only give a credibility to a style of music that helped define a generation but also spark a very-needed revival.

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