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The Rocker (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Music  |  20 August 2008 (USA)
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The Rocker tells the story of a failed drummer who is given a second chance at fame. Robert "Fish" Fishman is the extremely dedicated and astoundingly passionate drummer for the eighties ... See full summary »

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The Rocker tells the story of a failed drummer who is given a second chance at fame. Robert "Fish" Fishman is the extremely dedicated and astoundingly passionate drummer for the eighties hair band Vesuvius, who is living the rock n' roll dream until he is unceremoniously kicked out of the band. Twenty years after his rock star fantasies are destroyed, just when Fish has finally given up all hope, he hears that his nephew's high school rock band A.D.D. is looking for a new drummer. They reluctantly make him the newest member of the band, giving him a chance to reclaim the rock God throne he's always thought he deserved, and taking the young band along for the ride of their lives. Written by Fox Atomic

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Opportunity rocks See more »

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Comedy | Music

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Rated PG-13 for drug and sexual references, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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20 August 2008 (USA)  »

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Un rockero de locura  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£217,745 (UK) (17 October 2008)

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£217,745 (UK) (17 October 2008)
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Rainn Wilson's characters name is Robert Fishman, aka Fish. Jon Fishman, aka Fish plays drums in the rock band Phish. See more »

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Vesuvius is slated to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after 20 years together. However, artists aren't eligible for induction (barring an extenuating circumstance) until 25 years have passed since the artist released his/her/their debut. See more »

Quotes

Curtis: [sings really depressing lyrics to a song he just wrote]
Robert 'Fish' Fishman: Wow... Well there's some cyanide and razorblades in the glovebox so feel free to help yourself!
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References Quack-a-Doodle Do (1950) See more »

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Written by Chad Fischer
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3 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Peter Cattaneo MBE is probably best known for his hit film, "The Full Monty." But here, he really utilizes top character actors and actresses to create some memorable and humorous moments. Rainn Wilson maybe the star but he's not alone. Jeff Garlin and Jane Lynch plays his brother-in-law and sister. Christina Applegate plays the mom of one of the musicians. The story isn't as sweet or vulgar as one would think of today's comedies. The only questionable scene is Rainn's character is naked for the rehearsal which lands him better known as the naked drummer. The beginning is humorous with Fred Armesen and Will Arnett as members of Vesuvius who ditched the drummer, Robert Fishman (Rain's character) right on the verge of stardom. Fish retrieves to having a somewhat normal life even has a normal girlfriend played for a few minutes by Jane Krakowski. Jason Sudekis plays the band's manager. Howard Hesseman plays their RV driver. I loved the casting of this film because of all the familiar faces. Jane Lynch is one of my favorite actresses because she can be both dramatic and comedic at once. This film is rated PG-13 and I think it has to do with that one nude scene but apart from that. They really have a message about working together as a team. This film wouldn't have been made without the teamwork of the cast and crew itself.


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