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The Rocker (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Music | 20 August 2008 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

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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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:

Un rockero de locura See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,636,048, 22 August 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,409,528, 16 October 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,767,338, 8 March 2009
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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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

YouTube does not allow you to upload videos with nudity in them (the video of Robert naked). See more »

Quotes

Robert 'Fish' Fishman: How dare you?
Moby Type Kid: Excuse me?
Robert 'Fish' Fishman: How dare you call yourself a musician?
Moby Type Kid: Loads of bands use drum loops!
Robert 'Fish' Fishman: Loads of elevators play Celine Dion - that don't make it right. Now get your Devil Box outta here!
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References Bonanza (1959) See more »

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Love Sick
Written by Terry Wilson
Performed by Hairbrain
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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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