ROCK OF AGES
Author: Andi Claycomb Skowronek
June 15, 2012

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SYNOPSIS: ROCK OF AGES tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock 'n' roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake and more. - Warner Bros. Pictures

Disclaimer: I am a product of the 80s, so I missed half of it, and was unaware of the music scene for the rest of the decade. I apologize ahead of time.

ROCK OF AGES is the classic story set to a toe-tapping 80s soundtrack. We find naïve country girl Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) comes to the big, bad city in 1987 to fulfill her dreams as a singer. She finds the city is not her friend and falls in love when her jean jacket wearing knight, Drew Boley (Diego Boneta), rescues her.

In the midst of the love story, we learn that the legendary rocker Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) is playing his last show with the band Arsenal at the semi-skeezy Bourbon Club where club owner Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin) and his sexually intense sidekick Lonny (Russell Brand) find themselves on the verge of eviction, due to unpaid taxes. There is also a side story involving Patricia Whitmore (Catherine Zeta-Jones), the mayor’s wife, and her band of Bible-thumpers demanding that the Bourbon Club’s doors stay shut.

As in all classic movies, things fall apart: lovers are separated, drugged out rockers disappoint, and sometimes you find yourself a stripper in a club that occasionally breaks out into simultaneous song and dance. Hey, it was the 80s.

Even if you’re not an 80s music fan, the songs featured in the movie are ones that most people will know and enjoy. The leads do an excellent job singing, and the visual elements add to the flow of the movie. A big plus was the humor that was consistent throughout the whole thing. Stacee Jaxx inspecting the inside of Constance Sack’s (Malin Ackerman) thigh whilst singing “I Want to Know What Love Is” was hysterical yet alluring. The characters are extreme, even over-the-top, without reaching a level of obnoxiousness. Russell Brand is, well, Russell Brand, but even he seems to be a bit endearing.

Overall, ROCK OF AGES can be described as a "Man’s Musical."

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GRADE: B+

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