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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)


$6,409,206 (USA) (10 October 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Vesuvius' manager is informing Fish that he is fired from the band, The song "Nobody's Fool" by _Cinderella (IV)_ is playing in the background, specifically the lyric can be heard over the scene: "seems like a thousand years since we broke the ties." See more »


During the prom scene, the cymbals that are behind Fish have large breaks. However, the one on the left changes the position of the break between shots. See more »


Robert 'Fish' Fishman: You're looking to score, I can respect that.
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References MTV News (1989) See more »


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Comedy - for laughs - not irony or sarcasm - and all the better for it.
28 December 2008 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

This was the biggest surprise of the year - bar none.

A great comedy - as in laughs, feel good, and just plain enjoyable.

The plot of the loser who makes good at rock'n'roll second time around is very Jack Black and Rainn Wilson does a GREAT job - there is no recourse to gross or sarcastic humor here - rather it plays on its rock roots, chucks in some stupidity, and some kick-ass tunes, and lots of excellent one liners and like I say totally surprised us as to how genuinely funny and warm-hearted this is.

Great cast and a great script - sure it's not perfect, but after all the pseudo-comedy and angst of 2008 it was refreshing just to sit back and enjoy an entertaining movie.

we loved it and are normally really cynical about comedies - but this rocks and would recommend to anyone as a real effort by all involved to stop being smarter than the audience and just enjoy life - in two and a half words? - it rocks!

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