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The Rocker (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Music | 20 August 2008 (USA)
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In the 1980s, a drummer is abandoned by his band just before they become rock superstars. Twenty years later, the drummer sees his second chance at stardom arise when he is asked to perform with his teenage nephew's high school rock band.

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Peter Cattaneo

Writers:

Maya Forbes (screenplay), Wallace Wolodarsky (screenplay) (as Wally Wolodarsky) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rainn Wilson ... Fish
Christina Applegate ... Kim
Teddy Geiger ... Curtis
Josh Gad ... Matt
Emma Stone ... Amelia
Jeff Garlin ... Stan
Jane Lynch ... Lisa
Jason Sudeikis ... David Marshall
Will Arnett ... Lex
Howard Hesseman ... Gator
Fred Armisen ... Kerr
Bradley Cooper ... Trash
Lonny Ross ... Sticks
Jon Glaser ... Billy (as Jonathan Glaser)
Jane Krakowski ... Carol
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Storyline

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 always thought he deserved, and taking the young band along for the ride of their lives. Written by Fox Atomic

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Some talents should stay hidden See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,636,048, 24 August 2008

Gross USA:

$6,409,528

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,808,935
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Fish (Rainn Wilson) was chasing his former band in the beginning, he referenced a line from The Evil Dead (1981), telling them that he will "swallow their souls". See more »

Goofs

Just before Jeremy enters to tell the group he cant play the prom, Amelia flips off Curtis and drops her arm. In the next shot after Jeremy enters, she is still half flipping him off and her arm sort of just hangs there. See more »

Quotes

David Marshall: John Lennon is rolling over in his grave to hide the giant boner you just gave him!
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Connections

References Curly Sue (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Let There Be Rock
Written and performed by Jeff Cardoni
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Hugely enjoyable.
19 October 2008 | by kevin_crightonSee all my reviews

1986 - Robert 'Fish' Fishman is the drummer of an up and coming rock band called Vesuvius. However, on the night they are offered a massive record deal, they are told there is a catch.... they have to sack the drummer. Twenty years later, Fish is still angry about that, but when offered the chance to play drums for his nephew's rock band at the Prom, he see this as a chance get to live the rock lifestyle he always wanted....

In many ways, The Rocker is a sequel to School Of Rock, in that you have the older band member, with much younger band members. The difference here though, is that they are all in their late teens. But even these similarities don't hide the fact that for it's running time, The Rocker is hugely enjoyable.

The cast, lead by Rainn Wilson are all good. Wilson as Fish gets to over the top as he lives out his dream, and while some of his antics are a bit childish at times, they are probably no worse that what actual bands get up to at times. The fact that the rest of the band, are normal teens makes Fish's antics even funnier.

As for the rest of the band members, yes you do have some clichéd characters. There is the sensitive lead singer/song-writer, the Indie- spirited girl, and the genius but shy keyboard player. Despite this however, each person develops as the movie progresses, even Fish and while some plot developments in the movie are very predictable, this doesn't detract from the enjoyment.

Peter Cattaneo, who also directed The Full Monty, keeps things moving along nicely. The script, while not a laugh out loud riot (for me anyway), did keep a smile on my face all the way through. The music in the movie is also well done. Not only in the choice of background music, but also the songs that the band have written themselves.

The Rocker will never be remembered as an all-time comedy classic. But for it's running time, it is very enjoyable, keeps you smiling and is very entertaining.


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