Rock of Ages

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Based on the Broadway show by the same name the film, Rock of Ages focuses on the music from the 1980’s. It’s 1987 and a girl named Sherrie (Julianne Hough) travels to Los Angeles from the midwest to see her favorite group Arsenal. She dreams of meeting the aging lead singer Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) but her luggage and money is stolen as soon as she arrives. Fortunately, she meets an aspiring singer named Drew (Diego Boneta) who works at the Bourbon Club where Arsenal is scheduled to perform and he finds a job for Sherri at the club. Club owner Dennis Depree (Alec Baldwin) and his bar manager Lonny (Russell Brand) spend big dollars promoting the evening Arsenal is to appear. When his sleazy manager Paul Gill (Paul Giamatti) discovers that Jaxx is in no condition to sing, he asks Drew to sing at the club and even signs him to a record deal. In the meantime, things are going good for Drew until he thinks he sees Sherri cheating on him and they break up till he finds out the truth. (Yes – it’s as simple and ridiculous as it sounds.) Another of Stacy Jaxx’s problems, is a woman journalist named Constance (Malin Akerman) who is writing a story about him and a holy roller named Patricia Whitmore (Catherine Zeta-Jones) who organizes groups to picket his concerts. The story is definitely weak and the dialogue is just a filler to move from one musical number to the next. The two lead characters are overshadowed by all of the stars and Tom Cruise actually steals the spotlight. His character is over the top, funny and he actually sings very well. (He spent most of the film with his shirt off but I was spared that sight.) This film is fun, entertaining and people like me who remember the 80’s will love the music. I’m giving this enthusiastic musical a B- rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA

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