The Perfect Age of Rock 'n RollClosed Captioning
Scott D. Rosenbaum
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After his sophomore album flops, Spyder, a decadent rock star, returns to his Long Island hometown to convince his estranged partner to help write songs for his comeback.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 14
- Fresh: 0
- Rotten: 14
- Average Rating: 2.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: An exhausted pileup of rock-movie cliches, "The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll" presents artistic self-destruction with the solemnity of a movie that has invented a spanking-new genre.
Rotten: Unfortunately, the unconvincing fictional storyline Rosenbaum weaves around this solid musical base hits every meller cliche in the "self-destructive rock star" playbook.
Rotten: Some grace notes and riffs ring true, but mainly it plays like a familiar tune on a broken record.
Rotten: Unconvincing rock-biz melodrama feels even thinner when invoking legendary musicians.
This Movie Could Be Your Band
Good movies about rock bands are like actors as musicians. Most of the time it's a near miss, or even worse. This movie destroys that axiom. Not just a tale of rock madness, this film tells a story as old as the ages, and does so in an entertaining, engaging, and haunting way. Director Scott Rosenbaum assembled a great cast, shot a gripping film that knocked the ball, and my expectations out of the park.
I first saw The Perfect Age of Rock 'N' Roll on the recommendation of a good friend. She was very excited for me to see this movie, and for me to write about it. Problem was, I don't do movie reviews, and I hate most movies that tackle rock and roll. I write about real music, and I've lived the rock and roll life for 30 years - and the movies almost never get it right. I watched with a jaded eye.
The Perfect Age of Rock 'N' Roll delivers the goods in a big way. The story is of two childhood friends who fall out on the way to rock stardom, only to be reunited when one finds his career in the dumps. Along the way across America, they confront each other, their respective demons, evil women, the record business, and the delta blues. Now this could come off as cliche, but I've lived all these tales enough to tell you that Rosenbaum, and his cast hit the nail right on the head. I've played with Iggy Pop, Michael Schenker, Robert Pollard, and Bobby Womack - believe me, I have seen the best and the worst of the life and this movie gets it eerily accurate. It was tough for me to see some of the scenes and not be reminded of some sore spots in my own story.
The music in the film is consistantly realistic, and on the money. It also features an incredible soundtrack (yeah, even a Dylan tune). The originals were written and recorded by Steve Conte, ex-New York Dolls and currently with Michael Monroe - the tunes are edgy and would make the grade on any real rock record. Between the scarily true allegory, and the tunes, Rosenbaum made himself a winning film.
I'll wrap this up by saying that I'm sure glad that this is a great movie. I hate to speak poorly of a friend's recommendation, and I'm glad to say that this film is a winner. This is a tough time for indie films insofar as theater play goes. But don't miss it - I promise you'll view it several times, and it will stick with you long after the credits roll. Pick it up here, or catch it On Demand, but don't miss it. This movie could be your band....
P.S. - Rosenbaum gathered one of the greatest collection of American blues legends in history to play out the scene shot in the Mississippi Delta - you will not want to miss the last film performances of the amazing Pinetop Perkins, and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, who have both sadly passed on since the film's completion. Other blues legends include Hubert Sumlin, the incredible Sugar Blue, Bob Stroger, and Bob Margolin - all of whom are the topic of Scott Rosenbaum's next feature, an incredible documentary , Once and For All - The Perfect Age of Rock 'N' Roll Blues Band.
The real reality of a rock star
Having worked with several musicians over the past few years, this film is a great depiction of the "not so glamorous" reality of being a rising rock star. The Perfect Age of Rock N Roll is a movie with heart and soul, and shows that living a rock star life with "sex, drugs and rock n' roll" isn't always as glitz and glam as one might think!
For Those About To Rock
Poignant, heartfelt and honest, Perfect Age Of Rock And Roll brings to life a familiar story of friendship and betrayal in the music world with a fresh perspective. If you appreciate Rock n' Roll and its roots in the Blues, this movie is a must see. Great performances by Jason Ritter, Kevin Zegers, and road movie legend Peter Fonda, add to that a rockin' soundtrack that you'll have to own, Perfect Age Of Rock And Roll is a must see for music fans of all genres. It Rocks!