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Rock of Ages

  • Musical
  • Music
  • 2012
  • Adam Shankman
  • 118 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Musical romantic comedy based on the popular stage show, starring Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta. A young couple arrive in LA to pursue their musical ambitions, but in the sleazy clubs of Sunset Strip they soon discover that not all rock 'n' roll dreams come true.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Based on the stage musical of the same name, this lightweight 1980s-set confection focuses on a young couple (Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta) pursuing their rock star dreams at a down-on-its-luck nightclub on Hollywood's famed Sunset Strip. To a backdrop of rock hits of the day (Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard, Twisted Sister), the lovers' ambitions are thwarted by clean-up campaigners fighting to shut the venue down, and the arrival of booze-addled superstar Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise). Director Adam Shankman struggles to translate the self-mocking outrageousness of the stage show to the screen, partly because too many protagonists play it straight; rather than sending up the persona of a bloated rock god, Cruise cuts a grim and pitiful figure, while the simpering romantic leads lack any kind of screen presence. Alec Baldwin exercises his impressive comedy chops as the scruffy, over-the-hill club owner, and there's good work from Catherine Zeta-Jones as a puritanical politician's wife, but overall the film teeters, close to collapse, on its stacked heels.

Credits

Cast

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Sherrie ChristianJulianne Hough
Drew BoleyDiego Boneta
Stacee JaxxTom Cruise
LonnieRussell Brand
Dennis DupreeAlec Baldwin
Paul GillPaul Giamatti
Patricia WhitmoreCatherine Zeta-Jones
Constance SackMalin Akerman
Justice CharlierMary J Blige
Mayor Mike WhitmoreBryan Cranston

Crew

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DirectorAdam Shankman

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2012-06-08
Languages
English
Guidance
Some swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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