A film noir comedy about Rock Slyde, a down-and-out private detective that engages in a turf war with an upstart quasi-religious cult, The House of Bartology.


Chris Dowling


Chris Dowling
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Warburton ... Rock Slyde
Andy Dick ... Bart / Gay Pirate #7
Rena Sofer ... Sara Lee
Elaine Hendrix ... Judy Bee
Jamie Alexander ... Martin
Terry Chen ... David
Jason Alexander ... Mailman Stan
Tom Bergeron ... Randy Wonder
Eric Roberts ... Jake the Delivery Man
Jason Manns Jason Manns ... Homeless Pete
Lea Thompson ... Master Bartologist
Jerry Cantrell ... Jerry Cantrell
Brian Bosworth ... The Friendly Pirate (as Brian 'The Boz' Bosworth)
Guillermo Rodriguez ... Gary
Greg Bond ... Phil


A film noir comedy about Rock Slyde, a down-and-out private detective that engages in a turf war with an upstart quasi-religious cult, The House of Bartology.

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A down and out private detective engages in a turf war with a upstart quasi-religious cult. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 on appeal for sexual material including language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Andy Dick's (Bart) body double was his son, Lucas Dick. See more »


When Rock Slyde knocks on the door of the Bartologists, the first knock in the series is without audio and the last audible knock does not accompany a physical impact of his knuckles on the door. See more »


[first lines]
Rock Slyde: My name is Rock Slyde, and I blame my mother. With a name like that I was destined for one of two careers. That's detective work, or porn. After starring in two art films, I decided the glamor life of a porn star wasn't for me. Besides, I was hung like a hamster.
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IIFC Film Fest Review
29 March 2010 | by dieseltruckerSee all my reviews

"A laugh-out-loud send-up of Hollywood...and the film noir detective genre, "Rock Slyde" starts with what many big Hollywood films lack — a really good and very funny script.

Patrick Warburton as Rock Slyde, a cognitively clueless detective whose nose for crime is better than his noggin, was sad eyed, pitch perfect and endearing. Resisting the advances of femme fatale Rena Sofer's delicious Sara Lee because of a childhood spent watching "Soul Train" (but that's another story), Slyde faces down adversary cult leader Andy Dick (Bart of Bartology) to save his holdout office space in the ever-expanding Bartology building and rescue his brainwashed secretary. And if you think that sentence is pointedly pithy, "Slyde" is even more crammed full with over-the-top winks, asides and jokes including a cameo by Jason Alexander as a Jewish U.S. postal carrier enamored of Slyde's turn as an actor in a gay porn musical (but that too is another story).

"Rock Slyde" performances, cinematography, original score and songs (if you don't leave the theater singing, "swashbuckle me, swashbuckle, down on your knees," you're probably dead), and script are brilliant and of a piece — a carefully crafted piece that is a testament to creativity on the cheap — brilliance without big budgets. "

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Release Date:

31 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rock Slyde: Private Eye See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


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$350,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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