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Rock Star
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Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston, Dominic West, Timothy Spall, Timothy Olyphant
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Warner Bros.
Web Site: www.rockstarmovie.com
Kiddie Movie: They already have dreams of becoming a rock star - leave them at home.
Date Movie: She might find Wahlberg dreamy.
Gratuitous Sex: Some nudity and people find themselves waking up after an orgy.
Gratuitous Violence: Not really.
Action: Not really.
Laughs: Quite a few.
Memorable Scene: Chris Cole in the front row at the Steel Dragon concert.
Memorable Quote: Emily comes to visit Chris and Chris says: "I was going to call you when we went to Seattle."  Emily replies: "You're in Seattle."
Directed By: Stephen Herek
Produced By: Robert Lawrence, Toby Jaffe

Rock Star
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:47 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Back in the 80ís what person wouldnít have wanted to be a rock star, or at least a member of one of the infamous hair bands? You got to wear your hair long, people fed you booze and drugs, and women would do anything for you and to you Ė all you had to do is ask. After seeing "Rock Star," again I remembered those silly dreams of being in a band Ė if only mom had me take guitar lessons instead of violin and baritone horn (not too many bands were in the market for a decent baritone horn in those days). Then I remembered some of the recent "Behind the Music" specials where you forget about the addictions, AIDS, over-doses, and somehow are left with no money because you spent it on drugs and booze and women donít like you anymore. "Rock Star" was sort of like a "Behind the Music" special only Chris Cole (Mark Wahlberg) made it out before ending up in an emergency room.

So, Chris Cole is in a tribute band for the band Steel Dragon. A stickler for details, he is beginning to piss-off his bandmates who want to expand past their Steel Dragon ways. Kicked out of the band, low and behold Chris gets a call from the Steel Dragon to audition for the role of their new lead singer because, well, they just fired their singer (Chris doesnít really know this at the time Ė he finds out when he gets there). Anyway, Chris gets the gig and his life is totally changed. Yup, here comes the excessive drinking, here comes the drugs, and when his girlfriend, Emily (played very well by Jennifer Aniston) goes to live in Seattle, well, here come the girls, too. Chris is kinda bummed, but it gets explained to him that he now has the life all of his fans dream of, the life of a rock star, and he should live the life Ė if not for him then at least for his fans.

Well, as the story goes Chris gets a little frustrated because now, rather than just the front man, he wants to be a real part of the band and be involved in the songwriting. How does our rock star handle this? Iím not going to ruin it but it was kinda funny.

"Rock Star" isnít the best of rock movies, hell, it shows you kind of the things you would expect, but it does have its moments, both kind of funny and kind of poignant. Chris gets to live the dream and of course realizes the dream isnít always what itís cracked up to be. But itís still a dream lots of dudes have.

Iíll rap this up quickly and just give "Rock Star" 3 Ĺ Stars out of 5. If youíre a fan of the rock and roll lifestyle and want to see a pretty decent movie, go ahead and pay full price. If not itís worth a matinee.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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