Rock of Ages 2012

Rock of Ages

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Its exuberant silliness is almost enough to make up for its utter inconsequentiality, but Rock of Ages is ultimately too bland and overlong to justify its trip to the big screen.

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The songs of Journey, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and other artists underscore a tale of big dreams in Hollywood. Soon after hopping off a bus from the Midwest, aspiring singer Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) immediately finds herself in trouble. Coming to her rescue is Drew (Diego Boneta), a bar-back at the legendary club the Bourbon Room. With stars in their eyes, the young lovers chase their dreams, but a misunderstanding involving rock god Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) threatens to tear them apart.

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  • Dec 03, 2017
    The two protagonists are a little flat with little more to offer than their decent singing voices, but the rest of the star cast clearly has fun with their stereotype characters that are borderline parodies. The movie does have its heart at the right place, declaring rock music as the only genre that counts. The plot is pretty generic and does little more than lead from one song to the next. The songs are great, but would be preferable in their original versions. Still, as entertaining as a Greatest Hits album.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2017
    A lot better than I expected, although I wish they would have cast someone (anyone!) other than Tom Cruise. Not believable in the slightest. Juliane Hough was pretty good. I normally don't like her as an actress, but this role suited her. I loved the 80's themes and even the crappy boy band. I didn't love all the hair metal band songs and I'm not big on musicals in general, but this one worked for the most part.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2013
    Adam Shankman's choice of music in <i>Rock of Ages</i> brings the noise, but not much else.</p><p>The story is predictable and the plot details are weak. It is a surprise that there is enough material to push this film to nearly 2 hours; then again, the musical pieces will help with that. A good portion of the story comes across as odd, and while that may have some entertainment value in itself, it isn't a film saver.</p><p>The song selection is solid, and there are a lot of musical numbers. In fact, there may be too many, almost as if there is more time spent singing than anything else. Mary J. Blige takes the crown for singing. Everyone else gets by.</p><p>Tom Cruise is an absolute show stealer, and while Diego Boneta and the stunning Julianne Hough are the heart of the story, they are inferior when compared to the power of Cruise.</p><p><i>Rock of Ages</i> is watchable; however, not watching it is also an option.</p>
    JY S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2013
    If it wasn't for the admittedly solid performance of Tom Cruise as rock star god, I would have argued for the title to be 'Rock Bottom'.
    Nicolas K Super Reviewer

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