1987. Naive Sherrie Christian has just arrived in Hollywood from Tulsa looking to become a rock star. She is just likel Drew Boley was when he first arrived in Hollywood, he, now the Hollywood veteran, who works as ia bar back at the Bourbon Club, known as the center of the rock scene in town and the place where many of the biggest acts in rociiiiki got their big break. The two meet as Drew helps Sherrie with a situation when she first arrives in town. IDespite Dennis Dupree, the Bourbon's owner/manager, not liiking to hire people like Drew or Sherrie - someone who has musical aspirations - as service staff, Drew is able to convince Dennis and his assistant Lonny to hire Sherrie as a server, Drew and Sherrie who have a blossoming mutual attraction. Dennis and Lonny, who are having financial difficulties, are able to convince rock star Stacee Jaxx, the perpetually stoned front man for the band Arsenal who got his first break performing at the Bourbon, to perform for free at a benefit ... Written by
John Carney was first offered director's chair, having directed the Irish musical Once (2007). He declined, stating a lack of knowledge of the "80s American hair rock" scene and was uncomfortable handling a larger budget. See more »
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This film features Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and the most iconic rock songs of 1980's. What can go wrong, right? Well, almost everything.
The only ones who managed to give something to the movie were Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand mostly. The only ones who remotely play a "rockish-sort-of character". Beyond that point, the movie just crumbles down.
The first conceptual mistake was to even try to attempt shuffling in a blender Hard Rock (mostly L.A.'s glam), Broadway "Gleeish" robotic & synthetic voices, and the crappiest of Pop you can find. When you start from that point, you're doomed to failure. Of course, they destroy those iconic songs, at least most of them, with surreal voices, detached from any feeling. The most painfully performed song was, my all time favorite Here I Go Again. Oh My God!!!
The second horrifying mistake are the main characters. So full of crap, they are indeed "frucking posers". One can see right through bull"sheet".And those main characters were plain bullsheet. There is no fault in Diego Boneta and Julianne Hough, however, they do not give anything to improve them neither. I think they did not inspire them on any rockish figure at all. I mean, with all respect, Robbie Williams and Pink have more attitude than these two characters. They are a whole lotta more close to Lady Gaga and Justin Beaver than anything remotely rockish. Cheesy, frucking dumb, and again detached from any feeling, rebellion or attitude at all.
Rock and Roll stands for many things, there is better and there is worse. I didn't expect to listen to a Rock Star's Miljenko Matijevic voice, but this was truly dreadful.
They fail either to conceive the attitude and personality of rock, and the musical skills to perform these iconic songs.
I gave it the outrageous amount of 3 points for the good interpretation of the three actors mentioned above, and a slightly ingenious sense of humor that makes it barely bearable.
I would not hesitate to qualify this movie as an utterly and complete failure.
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