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Rock Star (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  7 September 2001 (USA)
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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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The story of a wanna be who got to be. 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)  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


During band practice, Donny is seen wearing a Metallica shirt not made until the mid-'90s. See more »


Ricki: Dude, do I have too much foundation on?
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Crazy Credits

The guys in Steel Dragon dancing on stage to a Marky Mark song. See more »


Spoofs My Favorite Year (1982) See more »


Good Vibrations
Written by Donnie Wahlberg, Mark Wahlberg, Dan Hartman and Amir Shakir
Performed by Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Be Careful What You Wish For
7 December 2001 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Mark Walhberg in a great role, idolises a rock star to the extent of knowing all his songs, imitating him to perfection, and dressing like him. When the opportunity comes for him to take over his "idol's" role in the band, he jumps at the opportunity. However the role of a rock star may not be what it is cracked up to be... and relationships can change .... This movie certainly struck me as having the theme of what you attain for may not be what you think it is once you get it. Overall a really good movie with great performances from all the cast as well as the two leads, Mark Walhberg and Jennifer Aniston. It did make me feel sad, especially when Emily, (Jennifer Aniston), met up with Chris in Seattle and saw the depths to what he had sunk. If anybody ever dreamed of being a rock star or a groupie they should watch this movie to see that the lifestyle, although glamourous for a while, is very lonely and ultimately not what you may want.

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