6.3/10
40,672
198 user 97 critic

Rock Star (2001)

Trailer
0:31 | Trailer
Lead singer of a tribute band becomes lead singer of the real band he idolizes.

Director:

Stephen Herek

Writer:

John Stockwell
Reviews
Popularity
4,071 ( 107)
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Chris 'Izzy' Cole
Jennifer Aniston ... Emily Poule
Dominic West ... Kirk Cuddy, Steel Dragon Guitarist
Jason Bonham Jason Bonham ... A.C., Steel Dragon Drummer
Jeff Pilson ... Jorgen, Steel Dragon Bassist
Zakk Wylde ... Ghode, Steel Dragon Guitarist
Timothy Spall ... Mats, Steel Dragon Road Manager
Blas Elias ... Donny Johnson, Blood Pollution Drummer
Nick Catanese Nick Catanese ... Xander Cummins, Blood Pollution Guitarist
Brian Vander Ark Brian Vander Ark ... Ricki Bell, Blood Pollution Bassist
Timothy Olyphant ... Rob Malcolm, Blood Pollution Guitarist
Dagmara Dominczyk ... Tania Asher, Steel Dragon Public Relations
Matthew Glave ... Joe Cole
Michael Shamus Wiles ... Mr. Cole
Beth Grant ... Mrs. Cole
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The story of a wanna be who got to be. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality and some drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Bobby Beers is confronting Steel Dragon in the recording studio, his shoulders change orientation between shots. See more »

Quotes

Chris: We are NOT a cover band, we're a TRIBUTE band!
Rob: No Dude, WE are a cover band! Problem is, we've been covering the tunes, you think you're in goddamn Steel Dragon... I love you man but you're mental, you really are. You need to get a grip on reality, man, you don't know where Bobby Beers ends and you begin.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The guys in Steel Dragon dancing on stage to a Marky Mark song. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Das Boot (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Livin' on a Prayer
Written by Jon Bon Jovi, Desmond Child and Richie Sambora
Performed by Bon Jovi
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
See more »

User Reviews

 
No real surprises, but a solid presentation.
13 January 2003 | by C00L_HAND_LUKESee all my reviews

Nothing really unpredictable in this movie, but a solid flick in all respects. Everything from acting to cinematography was solid. Not a perfectly linear plot line, but there wasn't anything you couldn't see coming. Perhaps a tad melodramatic at points, but again, a fairly decent movie none the less. Definitely worth checking out. If in doubt of what film to rent over the weekend, give this a go. Though you may not feel like running out and buying it, I found it to be quite worth while.


18 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 198 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Metal God See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,018,636, 9 September 2001

Gross USA:

$17,008,282

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,334,145
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page



Recently Viewed