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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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The story of a wanna be who got to be. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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

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7 September 2001 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$16,991,902 (USA) (26 October 2001)
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Trivia

Inspired by the real-life story of Tim "Ripper" Owens, singer in a Judas Priest cover band who was chosen to replace singer Rob Halford when he left Judas Priest. Jason Flemyng's character's declaration of homosexuality on his departure mirrors that of Halford. See more »

Goofs

After Izzy falls down the stairs, his head is bleeding. He walks backstage after the first song, wipes nearly all the blood off his face. Back onstage 2 seconds later, and he has blood all over his forehead and face. This is NOT a goof, due to the scalp being highly vascular, and thus bleeds profusely from any cut. See more »

Quotes

Reporter: So Izzy... how do you keep your voice is such fine shape?
Chris: Well, my choir teacher gave me a lot of lessons...
Kirk: [interrupting] He eats a lot of pussy.
Chris: Oh yeah, I eat a lot of pussy... tons...
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Repeated outtakes of the reporter. See more »

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References Batman (1966) See more »

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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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Comic book cynicism
15 August 2002 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Surprisingly well-acted, well-written movie about hard rockin'-but-decent young man getting that much-hoped-for ticket to stardom: his favorite heavy metal band wants him to replace their lead singer. Not far-fetched, the film tries keeping things in perspective and doesn't go over-the-top; it certainly makes you think twice about those lingering adolescent fantasies about being in the music business. But the script, despite solid dialogue, follows a tried-and-true, formulaic pattern, and gets bogged down by its own clichés in the final act. I enjoyed it much more than the sugary fluffball "Almost Famous". It has a nice, bitter edge to go with its heavy metal decadence, but a stronger finish might've made it more memorable. **1/2 from ****


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