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About the Movie
In 1987 Los Angeles at the height of glam rock, infamous and outrageous rock star Stacee Jaxx performs at Hollywood's legendary Bourbon Room club as it faces its final countdown. Meanwhile, an aspiring musician and a small town girl meet pursuing their dreams of music fame. The story unfolds through high energy dancing and heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake and more.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 221
- Fresh: 91
- Rotten: 130
- Average Rating: 5.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Don't stop believing. Just avoid cliched musicals that try to capture the anarchic spirit of rock with trite commercial re-treads.
Fresh: Blessed with unstoppable energy, an undeniably bawdy sense of fun and Tom Cruise in backless leather pants, it takes songs you may never have loved and turns them into a musical that's easy to enjoy.
Fresh: Just like the music, it's far more fun than it has any right being.
Rotten: Rock of Ages is not a spoof, but it might as well be, given how little there is to root for.
NOTHIN' BUT A GOOD TIME!
"Rock of Ages" is a musical that's definitely not meant to be taken seriously. And seeing as how it proudly celebrates the glam rock music scene of the late 1980s, why should it be? Nearly everyone in the cast - from Catherine Zeta-Jones to Tom Cruise - is fully committed to delivering the most silly and over-the-top performances of their entire careers. They all have their own campy covers of classic rock ballads like Bon Jovi's "Livin' On a Prayer" and Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'", and surprisingly enough, they're not half-bad. In fact, the majority of them are just downright hilarious. Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand, in particular, share one of the funniest scenes in the film in which they perform a rendition of REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling" with laugh-out-loud results. And don't even get me started on Tom Cruise, who easily steals the spotlight with his knock-out portrayal of Stacee Jaxx, a larger-than-life rock star with a super-sized ego to boot. But even his hilariously outrageous performance alone isn't enough to make up for Diego Boneta and Julianne Hough's bland chemistry as the movie's two leads. Sure, they're both attractive and have great singing voices, but when it comes to their unbearably monotone acting abilities, that's a whole other story. Then again, who am I to complain about the performances in a flick where Cruise walks around in a pair of backless leather pants? Case in point, "Rock of Ages" delivers everything you'd expect a rock 'n' roll musical to offer: toe-tapping songs, a likable cast, and a ton of energy. Yes, the story is entirely predictable and the run time is much longer than it should be, but if you genuinely enjoy films like "Grease" and "Hairspray", this is a fun guilty pleasure that's well worth your time.
Im not a fan of rock music but the movie was awesome. I wanted get up and start dancing in the movie theaters. Its a movie I LOVE!!
a lot of fun- not a serious movie, just full of enjoyable, sing along-able musical moments
some great songs covered, in a fun, over the top way. over the top performances, fun retro costumes and period details of l.a. clubs, it's really fun to sing along with the music, and just have a good time. this isn't shakespeare, it's fun, and the casting is part of the fun. just rock out, forget the world for a few minutes. relax and smile....and sing along really loud!
- Rock of Ages (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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