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Rock of Ages

A movie directed by Adam Shankman

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'Rock Of Ages' Tom Cruise Shines, But Not Enough To Save This Dreadful Piece Of Fluff (Video)

  • Jun 15, 2012
By Joan Alperin Schwartz

Sometimes, an  good actor can make a bad movie worth watching.  Sometimes a bad actor, can make a bad film...Really unwatchable.

That is definitely the case with 'Rock Of Ages' directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray).  

Julianne Hough is a great dancer, but when it comes to acting and singing, not very good.  The chick is bland and just plain boring...And...

Unfortunately, so is her co-star...Diego Boneta.  Granted he has a good voice, but he doesn't come across much better in the charisma department.

Of course, they're not the only problem with this film.  'Rock Of Ages' written by Justin Therous, Chris D'Arienzo and Allan Loeb is based on D'Arienzo's Broadway musical of the same name.

This type of musical falls into the category of a 'Juke Box Musical'...It's all about the music...The dialogue, the plot, the struture...falls to the wayside.

Okay, here are the clift notes...

Boy, Drew (Diego) meets girl, Sherrie (Julianne)...They've come to the bright lights of the Sunset Strip to make it big in the music biz...And before you can say...'We Built This City On Rock And Roll'...the two of them, fall in love.

You know they are in love, because every 5 seconds, they sing about it, while Julianne's hair blows in the wind.

Okay, now all this is taking place at The Burbon Room, owned by Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand.  It's here that musicians go to get discovered and hot chicks go...to party and nail, whoever.

Catherine Zeta Jones and her hubby the Mayor, Bryan Cranston want to shut the club down because...they sing about it.

Moving along...After looking into each other's eyes and breaking into song for the first 80 minutes...Drew mistakenly thinks Sherri and burnt out rock and roll super star Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) have had sex.

 By the way Mr. Cruise kills in the part.  Plus he has a four range octave and sings his ass off...One of his best performances in a long time.

Okay, so our couple breaks up...Sherri gets work as a stripper. where for some reason. Mary J. Blige hangs out...

Drew takes the advice of his sleezy manager, Paul Giamatti, gives up Rock and roll to become a white rapper in a Boy Band...

What happens next? Well believe me, I doubt at this point, you'll even care.  All I wanted was everyone to stop singing.

My recommendation: if you're into music from the 80's, skip 'Rock Of Ages' which opens Friday, June 15, 2012 and instead, download the songs from I tunes.

I gave the film 2 bagels out of 5 and that was only because of Tom, as well as, Malin Ackerman, who plays a Rolling Stone reporter.

Check out our video to see John's thoughts and his bagel score.
'Rock Of Ages' Tom Cruise Shines, But Not Enough To Save This Dreadful Piece Of Fluff (Video) 'Rock Of Ages' Tom Cruise Shines, But Not Enough To Save This Dreadful Piece Of Fluff (Video) 'Rock Of Ages' Tom Cruise Shines, But Not Enough To Save This Dreadful Piece Of Fluff (Video)

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June 16, 2012
feeling a little bored with all the mainstream releases this weekend. I think I may skip out and save my $$ for next weekend--three movies I'd like to see.
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review by . June 14, 2012
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  For those of you who were live blogging the TONY awards the other night I imagine Rock of Ages  is a movie for you.  If you can't get enough "Back to the Eighties with Joe Cortese" you are going to LOVE this movie.  If you do not feel passionately about either you may want to sit this one out.  Rock of Ages brings all the music of the eighties back to life, and at times you may find yourself singing along with the music.  But the …
review by . June 16, 2012
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Star Rating:         Adam Shankman’s Rock of Ages reveals the inherent problem with jukebox musicals, namely that story is formulated around songs as opposed to the other way around. In those instances, it typically can’t escape coming off as hopelessly contrived (the only exception I can think of is Baz Lurhmann’s Moulin Rouge). One can easily give this movie props for its fine collection of rock ballads, its talented cast, and its overall sense of …
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My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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