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||Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston,
Dominic West, Timothy Spall, Timothy Olyphant
||They already have
dreams of becoming a rock star - leave them at home.
||She might find
||Some nudity and
people find themselves waking up after an orgy.
||Quite a few.
||Chris Cole in the
front row at the Steel Dragon concert.
||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."
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
A Movie Review
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!!!