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Rock of Ages (2012)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 15 June 2012 (USA)
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A small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.


Adam Shankman


Justin Theroux (screenplay by), Chris D'Arienzo (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Hough ... Sherrie Christian
Dakota Sage Grant Dakota Sage Grant ... Little Girl on Bus
Matthew Rush Sullivan ... Random Guy (as Matt Sullivan)
Diego Boneta ... Drew Boley
Russell Brand ... Lonny
Alec Baldwin ... Dennis Dupree
Erica Frene ... Beth
Michael Olusczak Michael Olusczak ... Crook
Tony Bellissimo ... Rocker Thief (as Anthony Bellissimo)
Shane Hartline ... Bartender Jimmy (as Alan Shane Hartline)
James Martin Kelly ... Doug Flintlock
Bryan Cranston ... Mike Whitmore
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Patricia Whitmore
Celina Beach ... Mayor's Secretary
Angelo Valderrama ... Chico (as Angelo Donato Valderrama)


1987. Naive Sherrie Christian has just arrived in Hollywood from Tulsa looking to become a rock star. She is just likel Drew Boley was when he first arrived in Hollywood, he, now the Hollywood veteran, who works as ia bar back at the Bourbon Club, known as the center of the rock scene in town and the place where many of the biggest acts in rociiiiki got their big break. The two meet as Drew helps Sherrie with a situation when she first arrives in town. IDespite Dennis Dupree, the Bourbon's owner/manager, not liiking to hire people like Drew or Sherrie - someone who has musical aspirations - as service staff, Drew is able to convince Dennis and his assistant Lonny to hire Sherrie as a server, Drew and Sherrie who have a blossoming mutual attraction. Dennis and Lonny, who are having financial difficulties, are able to convince rock star Stacee Jaxx, the perpetually stoned front man for the band Arsenal who got his first break performing at the Bourbon, to perform for free at a benefit ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Nothin' but a good time.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, suggestive dancing, some heavy drinking, and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

15 June 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La era del rock See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA See more »


Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,437,269, 17 June 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (Extended Version)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tom Cruise admitted to being terrified at the prospect of being in a musical but saw it as a personal challenge to be overcome. See more »


In the middle of the film, there's a post-1990 Lincoln Town Car. See more »


Dennis Dupree: I just threw up.
Lonny: Where?
Dennis Dupree: In my pants... out of my ass.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.146 (2012) See more »


Wanted Dead or Alive
Written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora
Performed by Tom Cruise and Julianne Hough
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User Reviews

A fun musical if you admire 1980s rock music (like I do); a guilty pleasure
15 June 2012 | by DrSaintDDSSee all my reviews

A musical starring Tom Cruise as a rock singer and featuring some of the best rock songs of the 1980s; seems like this would be a lot of fun to see in theaters.

STORY: Rock of Ages takes place in 1987, and follows a girl from a small Midwestern town, Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) and a boy from the big city, Drew Boley (Diego Boneta), who meet in Hollywood while they are pursuing their dreams. While at Hollywood, Sherrie gets a job at the Bourbon Room, a nightclub run by two guys (Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin). They are going to be showing Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) and his band, "Arsenal" to perform at the place. While this is happening, they – along with other characters in the movie – do covers of '80s rock music.

MY THOUGHTS: I was excited while going into Rock of Ages. Not only because Tom Cruise stars in this, but because it looks like it would be a fun movie-watching experience, and that's what really good musicals – like Grease or the 2007 version of Hairspray - intend to be. Maybe musicals don't have to have a good story to make it great, but only just a way to make the audience to have fun, and to be entertained by them.

I didn't go into Rock of Ages expecting it be the best musical like Grease. I just went in expecting to have a great time at the theater, and that's what I got. Although it wasn't a perfect movie, it was still a very good experience at the theater.

The musical numbers – which are covers of some of the best rock songs of the 1980s – they were first-rate. I thought they were added at the right place at the right time, and all the actors did an excellent job singing and dancing to whatever song they covered. Most of them were well-choreographed and they were very entertaining to watch. The story to Rock of Ages, although it isn't really strong, it isn't bad either. It was well-paced and easy to follow. Yes, it does become rather predictable at the end.

THE ACTING: One of the main reasons why I was so looking forward to see Rock of Ages is because of Tom Cruise. I thought he did fantastic playing the rock singer, Stacee Jaxx. This time, Tom Cruise wasn't being his regular self; he was being like an actual singer for a rock band. I think this is one of his best performances of his career.

Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta; although their singing and dancing were fine, their acting wasn't really great. I didn't care for their romance all that much.

The rest of the supporting cast was good; Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Malin Akerman, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, they were good.

IN CONCLUSION: Although not a perfect movie, Rock of Ages is a fun musical that is definitely worth seeing in theaters that have great surround sound. If you like 80s music, this movie is for you. If you like Tom Cruise, this movie is still for you.


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