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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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Billy (as Jonathan Glaser)


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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Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un rockero de locura  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,636,048 (USA) (22 August 2008)


£217,745 (UK) (17 October 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rainn Wilson's characters name is Robert Fishman, aka Fish. Jon Fishman, aka Fish plays drums in the rock band Phish. See more »


During the montage scene, before the band watches their music video, Fish high fives Curtis and you can see that his hair has already been cut short. See more »


Robert 'Fish' Fishman: Can I have everyone's attention. Me and my band are going to be playing at the Q Arena, and it is never to late to rock!
Stan: YEAH!
Robert 'Fish' Fishman: YEAH!
Stan: Yeah!
Robert 'Fish' Fishman: It is never to late to rock n' roll!
Stan: Alright, alright. Come on guys, stage dive. Stage dive!
Robert 'Fish' Fishman: Stage dive!
Stan: Yeah, we'll body surf you out the front door.
Robert 'Fish' Fishman: Rock n' roll.
Robert 'Fish' Fishman: Ow ow ow, watch my carpal tunnel.
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Pure Enjoyment!
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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