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The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll (2011)



Average Rating: 3.1/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 8

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According to rock 'n' roll lore, age 27 is a fateful milestone. From Robert Johnson, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison to Kurt Cobain, all stars we lost at this very age. World famous rock star Spyder (Kevin Zegers) has achieved fame and fortune with a smash hit debut album. This blinding success however, is built on the Faustian pact that capitalized on the genius of his long lost childhood best friend and band mate, Eric Genson (Jason Ritter). Now Spyder retreats to his

Nov 7, 2011

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Those who go looking for tragic relevance in Scott Rosenbaum's debut indie won't find much to grasp onto.

August 5, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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You'd be better off renting "Eddie and the Cruisers" (1983) than slogging through this latest, far more dire recycling of the same rock clichés.

August 5, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Some grace notes and riffs ring true, but mainly it plays like a familiar tune on a broken record.

August 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Unconvincing rock-biz melodrama feels even thinner when invoking legendary musicians.

August 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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An exhausted pileup of rock-movie clichés, "The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll" presents artistic self-destruction with the solemnity of a movie that has invented a spanking-new genre.

August 4, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Unfortunately, the unconvincing fictional storyline Rosenbaum weaves around this solid musical base hits every meller cliche in the "self-destructive rock star" playbook.

August 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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The director manages to instill every moment on the road with a sense of shrill conventionality.

November 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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[VIDEO]...a knock-off of a knock-off movie that has the audacity to attempt to authenticate its rock 'n' roll credibility by casting a giant like Peter Fonda in a supporting role. Shame.

August 11, 2011 Full Review Source:

[Despite] a rousing jam with elder blues icons [and] Zegers' showy role. . .story feels like a studied period recreation for the History Channel.

August 5, 2011 Full Review Source:

Cliche-ridden and ineptly made...a period piece that would have been moldy even twenty years ago.

August 4, 2011 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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belongs in the VH1 vault, never to be heard of again.

August 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

Some films are merely tired: This completely unoriginal Almost Famous wannabe is downright exhausted-and exhausting to sit through.

August 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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Audience Reviews for The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll

I love movies about bands, and I thought that this movie was very well done. I really like Kevin Zegers, and Jason Ritter, especially. I think they are two young stars who don't get near enough credit for their work. I thought they were great in their roles, and played off each other very well. Peter Fonda was great, also. There are some fantastic bar scenes with some really rocking music, and I would love to find the soundtrack to this. This movie does resemble Eddie and the Cruisers, which I think hurt this movie with the critics. I am no critic, so therefore, I allowed myself to enjoy the ride...
April 10, 2012

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Cast: Kevin Zegers, Jason Ritter, Taryn Manning, Lukas Haas, Peter Fonda, Lauren Holly, Kelly Lynch, Aimee Teegarden, Billy Dee Williams, Ruby Dee

Director: Scott D. Rosenbaum

Summary: After his second album fails, famous rocker Spyder returns to his hometown to lick his wounds. There, he reunites with his former best friend, a fellow musician, and soon the two set off on a road trip on historic Route 66 with a new band.

My Thoughts: "The story is one of betrayal and regrets. Which is common in any Rock n' Roll story. It's not the best Rock n' Roll story I've seen but it's definitely better then some I've seen in the past. But anyone who is a music fan is going to check this film out. I actually enjoyed the story and how it was told. I love Kevin Zegers and Jason Ritter, I think they are two young stars who don't get enough credit for their work. I thought they were great in their roles and played off of each other well. Peter Fonda as August West was great as well and brought wisdom to these young rockers. There are a few great scenes in here, one being the blue's bar scene. The movie has a great soundtrack to boot. So see this if you get a chance."
February 6, 2012

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    1. Clifton Hangar: You loved her didn't you?
    2. Spyder: Who?
    3. Clifton Hangar: Rose
    4. Spyder: Please, she was just another hot piece of ass... don't print that.
    – Submitted by Destiny F (21 months ago)
    1. Spyder: So I do a lil blow every now and then get freaking over it!
    – Submitted by Destiny F (21 months ago)
    1. Spyder: There's nothing worse than a reformed whore.
    – Submitted by Destiny F (21 months ago)
    1. Spyder: Rock 'n' roll's the bastard son of the blues, man!
    – Submitted by Destiny F (21 months ago)
    1. August West: It's America. Check it out!
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Eric Genson: You need my songs, we do it my way, or we don't do it at all.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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