Rock of Ages (12A)

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Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages

Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>4</span>/5

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Time Out says

Thu Dec 1 2011

Journey’s deathless 1981 air-guitar anthem ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ has been working overtime lately. Fresh from soundtracking the finale of ‘The Sopranos’ and introducing the perky ‘Glee’ choristers, it’s back to serve as the keynote theme of this delightfully daft jukebox musical, drawn from the hit Broadway and West End show – and now conceived by choreographer-director Adam Shankman as a more hirsute adaptation of ‘Burlesque’. 
 
The year is 1987. Sparkly-eyed poppets Sherrie (Julianne Hough) and Drew (Diego Boneta) are a smalltown girl and a city boy who fall in love amid the stench of wine and cheap perfume in The Bourbon Room, a fictional Sunset Strip rock tavern. Both harbour dreams of music stardom, which are somehow undampened by the walking cautionary tale that is Tom Cruise’s faded hair-metal god Stacee Jaxx – think David Lee Roth with a waxed chest. He’s an ego-crazed alcoholic whose solo shows represent a final financial lifeline to club owner Alec Baldwin, who’s facing the threat of closure from a shrill conservative harpy (Catherine Zeta-Jones) possibly modelled on Tipper Gore. 
 
This is more plot than you strictly need to enjoy a film whose every scene is tenuously built around an infectious singalong of a 1980s soft-rock classic, from ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn’ to ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’. It’s ‘Glee’-filtered nostalgia, to be sure, and rocks about as hard as the Royal Variety Show, but as with Shankman’s knowingly naff ‘Hairspray’, the sheer performance gusto on display proves thoroughly winning. Cruise, wickedly cast as a mystic loon, is having more fun than he’s permitted himself in years, while everyone from Zeta-Jones to Mary J Blige to Russell Brand gets at least one moment to kick it on this most deliciously starry of karaoke stages. 
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Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri Jun 8, 2012

Duration:

123 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Adam Shankman

Cast:

Julianne Hough, Bryan Cranston, Tom Cruise

Screenwriter:

Chris D'Arienzo

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Chris

Loved it!!!! Loved it! Pure fun, very talented cast, sexy comeback of the 80, incredible choreography..

Chris

Loved it!!!! Loved it! Pure fun, very talented cast, sexy comeback of the 80, incredible choreography..

lulu

Terrible!! Hough squeaks through it and can not act. Baldwin and Brand hilarious. Cruise shirtless not something I would like to see again. Straight to dvd I won't be pre ordering.

Ksenia

It felt "going on and on and on". The only reason to watch it may be Russel Brand/Alec Baldwin love song.

Annie

LOVED IT!!! Laughed through the entire movie! Loved the monkey dressed as a dictator!

Annie

LOVED IT!!! Laughed through the entire movie! Loved the monkey dressed as a dictator!

DKM

Funny, campy, cheesy and we LOVED it!!! Laughed sang and danced in our seats the whole time! My husband and I are going to see it again with some friends, who knows, we may make our hair big and dig out some leg warmers or other 80's fashion!

DKM

Funny, campy, cheesy and we LOVED it!!! Laughed sang and danced in our seats the whole time! My husband and I are going to see it again with some friends, who knows, we may make our hair big and dig out some leg warmers or other 80's fashion!

Lyn

So bad, it's good. It's mixture of a cliche plot, stock characters and overproduced music numbers, and I loved every minute of it. There were the boy and girl looking for their dreams who fall in and out of and in love, the spoil sport church lady, the drugged egotistical rock god, the sleazy manager, the earnest business man who's about to lose the farm, and the "Magic Negro". This movie is a true guilty pleasure I plan on seeing again. And Tom Cruise's body...

Lyn

So bad, it's good. It's mixture of a cliche plot, stock characters and overproduced music numbers, and I loved every minute of it. There were the boy and girl looking for their dreams who fall in and out of and in love, the spoil sport church lady, the drugged egotistical rock god, the sleazy manager, the earnest business man who's about to lose the farm, and the "Magic Negro". This movie is a true guilty pleasure I plan on seeing again. And Tom Cruise's body...

scrumpyjack

Well,I may be getting old but I found it too strong for a 12a rating. Perhaps the old "12" (just) but the thought of Cruise lollypop red penis strap on (which is basically what it resembles) shown several times plus his (barely) clothed shagging scene, complete with him parting the (just met) reporters legs seemed rather out of place in a film you can take any age to, so parents of under 12's, be warned. Otherwise, JUST enough to pass it as cinema worthy...but checked mobile for the time on 55min due mainly to the GOD AWFUL Brand....and again around 20 min from the end. Not one I shall be watching again, though not as awful as feared. 6/10

MikeT

Having heeded ARCHGATE’s warning, I decided I’d give this film a shot just to see how bad it was. I sat through it for about 30 minutes, though it felt like several hours. There are 3 good reasons why you shouldn’t see this film: . 1) Catherine Zeta Jones 2) Tom Cruise 3) Russell Brand . Any film that "stars" Brand is always a guaranteed chore. . Ever the cheerleader for blockbuster movies, it’ll be interesting to see what ScrumpyJack makes of this one.

Jools

A cross between Glee, Mama Mia and an Aerosmith video. Abysmal. Have Time Out reviewers been replaced by a baboon? Alex Baldwin and Tom Cruise did their best with this piss poor offering, but couldn't resurrect the mixture of teeth-gnawing, cutsie teen slush romance, a really rambling, boring plot and incessant soft rock, mainly sung by a woman who sounded like a budgie which was being stood on. Just ghastly

Ian

Accepted it is phenomenally cheesy but if you go with it and suspend reality it is really enjoyable. Cruise is excellent as are pretty much everyone else. Some amazing 80's hair styles and clothes topped off with some excellent rock tracks. Thoroughly enjoyable. I may well go and watch it again.

Robert

Awful. The sleaziness of nearly every character and scene left me feeling queasy. 1 star to try and bring the average down. Save your money.

Luxie Ryder

Totally loved this movie. Tom Cruise is the star of the show. Stacee Jaxx is bound to go down in movie history as one of it's most unforgettable characters. His scenes with Akerman are hysterical.

Luxie Ryder

Totally loved this movie. Tom Cruise is the star of the show. Stacee Jaxx is bound to go down in movie history as one of it's most unforgettable characters. His scenes with Akerman are hysterical.

paul

It's a great night out at the cinema, great cast, great songs and great fun. Plotwise there is none but your not there for that, Tom Cruise is fab as Stacee Jaxx and the duets between Alec Baldwin & Russell Brand and Cruise & Akerman are worth the ticket alone.

paul

It's a great night out at the cinema, great cast, great songs and great fun. Plotwise there is none but your not there for that, Tom Cruise is fab as Stacee Jaxx and the duets between Alec Baldwin & Russell Brand and Cruise & Akerman are worth the ticket alone.

Patrick

Thoroughly enjoyable - some changes to the plot of the stage show have really helped - not as funny as in the theatre but thoroughly enjoyable and nowhere near as sleazy.

Lisbet

Brilliant movie. Not a Tom Cruise fan but I couldn't imagine anyone else in the role.