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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.

Director:

Peter Cattaneo

Writers:

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

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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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Taglines:

A comedy for the rockstar in all of us 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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Trivia

Jeff Garlin and Jane Lynch appeared as husband and wife in this movie as well as in Sleepover (2004). See more »

Goofs

After Aziz has taken off the plastic wrapping of his new bought Vesuvius CD, he takes it out the box and holds it up with the back facing the camera - The CD is clearly a CD-R with a green recordable back, not a silver backing like any original store bought audio CD would have. See more »

Quotes

Robert 'Fish' Fishman: Instead of a canoe paddling around on a pond, we were like a tank flying down a mountain!
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Alternate Versions

The UK release was cut, the distributor chose to make one cut in order to obtain a 12A classification. The cut was made to a partially spoken use of strong language. An uncut 15 classification was available. See more »

Connections

References Cheers (1982) See more »

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Too Far
Written by Chad Fischer
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User Reviews

 
Enjoyable light movie
6 May 2010 | by imdb-21622See all my reviews

So, when I watch movies, I don't look into their depths. I either enjoy them, or I don't.

The start of the movie really brought me into it. It was so over the top it was funny. You kept thinking his band was done with him, and he came back to attack them. Classic.

OK the story is totally unrealistic. Who cares. I laughed. That's all that matters.

You have to like rock and roll, rock and roll clichés, and you have to watch this with no serious intent. If you don't appreciate the rock and roll clichés or light humor, go watch something serious.

I realize some people complained that Wilson was channeling Jack Black a little. But I think he had a bit of his own thing too. Aging rocker trying to relive his youth. Those of us old enough to understand that get it. Some of you won't.

The cast who played the teenage kids did great. The "nerd" could have had a little more personality, but he did fine. The emo guy was great. The girl was great too.

I gave this a 6 out of 10 for being entertaining, which is more than many movies manage. I laughed out loud quite a few times which most movies can't manage.


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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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