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Prey for Rock & Roll

Prey for Rock & Roll (2003)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 21

Gershon is a fierce rocker, but the plot is a cliche-filled melodrama.

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 5

Gershon is a fierce rocker, but the plot is a cliche-filled melodrama.

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Jacki (Gina Gershon, who also served as a producer) has always wanted to be a rock star. But after years of struggling to make it, she's turning 40, and she's thinking of giving it up. "Do you ever think about being 50 or 60 years old, hauling our gear around, passing out flyers, fighting with bookers, and still sweating around?" she asks her bandmates. Faith (Lori Petty), the talented lead guitarist, gives guitar lessons to hyperactive teens on the side. Faith is seriously involved with the

Mar 9, 2004

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The film has its sensibilities in the right place.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Aside from Ms. Gershon's performance (none of the other cast members actually played), there's little to elevate the music -- or the movie -- above cliché.

December 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Played with the right combination of weariness and optimism by Gina Gershon, Jacki will be recognizable to any woman who has ever strapped on a guitar and plugged in, as well as to those of us who have encountered her.

November 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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A rock drama that's hung over with inauthenticity.

November 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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It's a raw and raucous rock story that, for once, gets the big picture and the small details right.

October 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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An ingratiatingly scrappy little movie.

October 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Too bad the music sucks and the tale's flat as a board.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

There's a sharp sense of honest rock-chick energy that draws us into this film, even when its story takes a few overwrought and melodramatic turns.

April 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Cult favorite Gina Gershon is at the top of her smart, snarly game...

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Gershon is the only reason to watch the film.

April 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Too much of a morbid soap opera to be any fun or truly dramatic.

February 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

While it gets a good deal of the background right, the picture stumbles in the dramatic department.

January 5, 2004 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Edgy, intense, and thoroughly engaging. What makes this movie work is Gina Gershon - the movie rests squarely on her shoulders and she never gives a false note.

December 19, 2003 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Why isn't Gina Gershon a bigger star?

November 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Despite all its angst and bitterness, Prey doesn't convey the pure appreciation of rock 'n' roll that goofy Jack Black embodies in School.

October 31, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

...a fairly enjoyable look at the trials and tribulations of an all-girl punk band.

October 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

There's enough melodrama here to top a movie-of- the-week marathon on Lifetime.

October 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

What we want to see is these women onstage, strutting and posturing and kicking out the jams. Instead, we become waylaid in dramatic sidelines that serve little purpose.

October 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

More bad things happen to these four women than one independent film can possibly carry.

October 19, 2003 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

More a string of set pieces than a coherent narrative.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Prey for Rock & Roll

Movie about a rock band. This movie shows us themes about life goals, drugs, rape, friendship, etc. But I only found it so so.
September 3, 2007
Redlats

Super Reviewer

And this is why I don't like "indies". Are the people who write them incapable of happy endings? Or even a positive ending? I'd settle for a hopeful ending. But no. And it's a shame, because a film like this, that details an endless struggle, NEEDS an upbeat ending.
June 21, 2011
Lemure

Super Reviewer

This is supposed to be some dyke must-see, however, the only thing it's got going for it, is exactly that. The women look super-sexy on stage (Gina Gherson, Drea De Matteo and Lori Petty are not only fit but believably bad-ass) yet the film itself is poorely scripted and awfully lit, and if it didn't have Hedwig's Steven Trask taking care of the music, I think it would have sucked big time. If you want to spend some time feasting your eyes on the leads, then this movie is for you. If, however, you expect something deeper, you will have to feel content with the "I heart Music that's why I am still 40 and play it" over-riding theme, which may in itself not be so bad, yet it hardly gives us any additional insight into life as such.
November 4, 2010
anastasia57001

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This movie is one of her best!
December 7, 2007
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