Chris Cole was born to rock. His longtime girlfriend Emily believes his talent could take him all the way - but Chris worships at the altar of Bobby Beers, the fiery frontman for heavy metal legends Steel Dragon. By day, Chris still lives at home with his parents and spends his days repairing copy machines. But when Chris takes the stage, fronting Pennsylvania's premiere Steel Dragon tribute band, all of that disappears. Chris Cole is Bobby Beers - mesmerizing audiences with his perfect imitation of Beers' electrifying vocals. The night his bandmates boot him out of the group, Chris is devastated - until an unexpected phone call changes his life forever: He, Chris Cole, has been tapped to replace Bobby Beers as the lead singer of Steel Dragon. In an instant, Chris rockets to the dizzying heights of sudden stardom, rising from devotee to icon, from rock fan to rock god - the wanna-be who got to be. So what happens when an average guy gets everything he wants - and discovers it's not ...Written by
Sujit R. Varma
Fortunately for Mark Wahlberg, he hung out with enough rock stars during his "Marky Mark" days, among them Motley Crue's lead singer Vince Neil, to know the drill. "I just took a crash course. I went and hung out with all of these guys", he says. " I was researching the part pretty early on, actually in the middle of shooting The Perfect Storm (2000). I just went to as many concerts as I could, and hung out with these guys." See more »
A few times in the film, the terms "cover band" is used with Chris immediately correcting them that he was in a Steel Dragon tribute band. "Tribute band" and "cover band" are actually different. Chris' band Blood Pollution and their rivals, Black Babylon are "tribute bands" as they cover songs by just one band--Steel Dragon. "Cover bands" on the other hand, cover songs by an assortment of bands and artists, not just sticking to one. See more »
Isn't the rock star fantasy thing something you're supposed to grow out of... like around 14?
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The guys in Steel Dragon dancing on stage to a Marky Mark song. See more »
Surprisingly well-acted, well-written movie about hard rockin'-but-decent young man getting that much-hoped-for ticket to stardom: his favorite heavy metal band wants him to replace their lead singer. Not far-fetched, the film tries keeping things in perspective and doesn't go over-the-top; it certainly makes you think twice about those lingering adolescent fantasies about being in the music business. But the script, despite solid dialogue, follows a tried-and-true, formulaic pattern, and gets bogged down by its own clichés in the final act. I enjoyed it much more than the sugary fluffball "Almost Famous". It has a nice, bitter edge to go with its heavy metal decadence, but a stronger finish might've made it more memorable. **1/2 from ****
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