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
Being a fan of Adam Shankman's Hairspray, I went in to the theater skeptical as to whether or not Rock Of Ages could be better. I wasn't impressed with the trailer and unfortunately the movie didn't impress me either. The storyline of the film was basically "small girl from small town goes away to big city and falls in love with a guy " and even though it stays true to the Broadway show, it just doesn't work for a movie.
The acting was so-so, I thought the real stars of the film were Tom Cruise and his insane "Stacee Jaxx", Russell Brand and his hilarious jokes, and Paul Giamatti as Stacee's manager. The music numbers didn't cut it for me and at times I cringed as to how auto-tuned it sounded. The jokes in the film, were laugh-out-loud funny at times and kept me from completely dozing off. Keep an eye out for Stacee Jaxx's monkey. (He was a great addition.)
Growing up in the 90′s, I never really caught on or even listen back to this time period and it's music. With that being said, however, I was impressed with the recreation of Los Angeles in 1987 and felt immersed into that time period.
Rock Of Ages received a PG-13 rating and I felt that was pretty generous considering it was riddled with sexual dialog and dirty language. Overall I didn't come out of the theater loving it as much as Hairspray, but if you are a huge fan of the 80′s and don't mind constant auto-tune in every number then I recommend you see this film.
-Ryan Pearce vambient.com
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