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Prey for Rock & Roll (2003)

Prey for Rock & Roll



Critic Consensus: 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 much younger Sally (Shelly Cole of TV's Gilmore Girls), the band's good-natured drummer. Tracy (Drea de Matteo of HBO's The Sopranos), the bass player, is a trust-fund baby with a substance abuse problem and a manipulative lowlife boyfriend, Nick (Ivan Martin). Jacki's thoughts of quitting are put on hold when the band gets a shot at a recording contract for an independent label and a gig opening for X. Then Sally's big brother, Animal (Marc Blucas, formerly of TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer), arrives in town, fresh out of prison, and stirs up Jacki's romantic life. But when two tragic events shake the band, Jacki is again forced to consider finding something else to do with her life. Prey for Rock & Roll was written by Cheri Lovedog, based on her own experiences in the rock world. It was originally performed as a stage play at CBGB in New York. The stage production was directed by Robin Whitehouse, who gets a writing credit for the screenplay. The film marks the directorial debut of accomplished film music producer Alex Steyermark. It was shown at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival.more
Rating: R (for language, sexual content, drug use and brief violence)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Cheri Lovedog, Robin Whitehouse
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 9, 2004
Mac Releasing - Official Site


Ashley Drane
as Punk Rock Girl
Texas Terri
as Herself
Sandra Seacat
as Jacki's Mom
Johanna Portman
as Sorority Girl No. 1
Hallie King
as Sorority Girl No. 2
Benjamin Benitez
as Drug Dealer
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Critic Reviews for Prey for Rock & Roll

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (19)

The film has its sensibilities in the right place.

Full Review… | March 16, 2004
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 18, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 14, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

A rock drama that's hung over with inauthenticity.

Full Review… | November 7, 2003
Boston Globe
Top Critic

It's a raw and raucous rock story that, for once, gets the big picture and the small details right.

Full Review… | October 23, 2003
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

An ingratiatingly scrappy little movie.

Full Review… | October 22, 2003
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Red Lats

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.

Marcus Woolcott

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.

Anastasia Bartzoulianou

Super Reviewer

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