The Rocker

2008

The Rocker

Critics Consensus

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

41%

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Total Count: 123

46%

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User Ratings: 44,180
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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 high school garage band, and they end up catching the ear of record executives. Now, Fish is determined to live the hedonistic rock & roll lifestyle he missed out on 20 years ago, but his new bandmates don't appreciate his hard partying -- and neither do his middle-aged knees. This Fox Atomic comedy co-stars Christina Applegate. Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) and Tom McNulty co-produced the feature, which was penned by Wallace Wolodarsky and Maya Forbes, and directed by Peter Cattaneo (Opal Dream).

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  • Jun 01, 2013
    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 P Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2012
    Lacking any actual comedy, "The Rocker" proves that Rainn Wilson should not be allowed to carry his own film. Saved by the gorgeous Emma Stone and some actual good original songs, this "comedy" ends up a bit too predictable and unwarranted.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 16, 2011
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2011
    It's not going to go down in comedy history, but it's a light, funny watch and has a lot of great people in it!
    Sarah P Super Reviewer

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