The Rocker (2008)



Critic Consensus: With a predictable and lightweight story, the earnest efforts of the cast are squandered by The Rocker's bland script.

Movie Info

The Office star Rainn Wilson portrays a drummer named "Fish," who gets a second shot at fame 20 years after getting kicked out of his band on the very night they signed the record contract that made them stars. Fish has spent the past two decades languishing at soul-crushing day jobs while his old bandmates became legends, continuing to grace magazine covers and dominate the radio. He might just get another chance at musical success, however, when his teenage cousin invites him to drum for his … More

Rating: PG-13 (for drug and sexual references, nudity and language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: M. Wallace Wolodarsky, Maya Forbes, Wally Wolodarsky, Wallace Wolodarsky
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 27, 2009
Box Office: $6.3M
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as Robert 'Fish' Fishma...

as Curtis's Mother

as Matt Gadman

as Curtis

as Amelia

as Fishman's Sister

as Paul

as Amelia's Dad

as David Marshall
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Critic Reviews for The Rocker

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (35)

A whacked-out, superannuated, would-be rock star might seem to be too easy a comic target, but Wilson gives this sad sack so many fresh twists that he never wears out his welcome.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

As a movie, it may not rock, but it rolls along nicely enough.

Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

The Rocker is more Keane than Keith Moon: slow, safe and about as edgy as a tangerine.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

More fun than a fifth of Rebel Yell and a bag of Quaaludes.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
East Bay Express

Just because one is a scene stealer on TV does not mean he or she is big screen material, period, much less a movie star.

Full Review… | February 12, 2009 agreeable, sporadically hilarious comedy that benefits substantially from the almost uniformly strong performances.

Full Review… | February 6, 2009
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Audience Reviews for The Rocker

Only funny when it wants to be, "The Rocker" embraces the rocker-lifestyle stereotype, but does not fully deliver on a compelling enough story to satisfy me all the way through. Most of the time, the film feels like it is trying to be exactly like School of Rock but with a little more dark humour, and I didn't mind that, but most of the gags fall flat. It's not a bad movie, in fact, by the time the third act begins, it's quite enjoyable, which makes a very average comedy overall. I feel like this film could have had more to it, but there you go. "The Rocker" is a misfire in most areas, but it's not a bad film. With a dumb script, cheesy acting, and a borderline pedofile-esque plot line, this film is a one-and-done movie.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

I saw this mainly for the brilliant Rainn Wilson and although I did enjoy it it wasn't quite as funny as I was hoping, or as it could of been methinks.
A slightly more mature 'School of Rock' type of plot which does work better with teens rather than kids but it just doesn't have quite enough cheek to it. Not outright soft porn but it could of done with being alittle bit more edgy as its dealing with rock n roll. Some good laugh moments but again not quite laugh out loud, more of a chuckle, but Wilson does make it better than it should be (straight to DVD rip of 'School of Rock' haha), and the rest of the cast do fit in pretty well too. One thing that did stand out over 'School of Rock' was the people and music in this film actually do come across as real rockers with real tunes, it all looks much more authentic, which helps of course.

Nice film with Wilson summing up the old sweaty has been drummer part very nicely, almost a surprise classic but not quite.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Despite the energy and charisma of Rainn Wilson, The Rocker, have just a few funny scenes, bad script and that show a waste of talent by Wilson, others good comedians and the director of Dear Rosie and The Full Monty, Peter Cattaneo. Rotten.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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