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Rock Star (2001)

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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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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$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$16,991,902 (USA) (26 October 2001)
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The majority of the musicians in the movie are actual musicians: Mark Wahlberg fronted Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch; Jason Bonham (A.C., Steel Dragon drummer) is the son of John Bonham and was the drummer for Led Zeppelin; Jeff Pilson (Jorgen, Steel Dragon bassist) is the bassist for Dokken; Zakk Wylde (Ghode, Steel Dragon guitarist) has played with several bands, including Ozzy Osbourne and has his own band, Black Label Society; Blas Elias (Donny, Blood Pollution drummer) is the drummer of Slaughter; Brian Vander Ark (Ricki Bell, Blood Pollution bassist) is a singer and guitarist in The Verve Pipe; Nick Catanese (Xander Cummins, Blood Pollution guitarist) is a guitarist in Wylde's Black Label Society; Stephan Jenkins (Bradley, Black Babylon singer) is a singer for Third Eye Blind; Vitamin C (Guitarist outside the Steel Dragon mansion) is better known as Vitamin C; Myles Kennedy (Thor) joined Alter Bridge with ex-Creed members after leaving his band, The Mayfield Four, and has also sung for Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash. The majority of the songs are also played by 80's musicians, including Wahlberg's singing voice, which belongs to Mike Matijevic, lead singer of Steelheart. Steve Plunkett was the lead singer of Autograph, an 80's band with the Top 30 hit "Turn up the Radio". He plays the photographer in the scene where "Chris" does his first photo shoot with Steel Dragon. Steve Plunkett also co-wrote the song "Living the Life". See more »

Goofs

After the news conference announcing Chris as the new Steel Dragon lead singer, and Kurt's comments about eating p****, Chris says to his girlfriend "What was I going to do? I can't argue with him." His lips do not at all match what we hear. See more »

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Chris: Well yeah Rob, maybe you can write me a song about why the hell I would ever want to do that!
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Crazy Credits

Repeated outtakes of the reporter. See more »

Connections

Spoofs All That Jazz (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Once in a Lifetime
Written by David Byrne, Brian Eno, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison and Tina Weymouth
Performed by Talking Heads
Courtesy of Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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