Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Rocker (2008)


A very generic yet entertaining film. It has some great comedic moments all of which are offset by the disneyesque rise of the dysfunctional suburban teen rock band. This film in many ways is like a cheap rip off of 'School of rock' yet like I say it has it's moments and overall works well as a light hearted comedy, perfect for a rainy day, but I wouldn't rush out to see it if I were you.

I was far from impressed with the teen rock band born of stereotype city, The poetic artist in need of a father figure, the punk rebel/yet shy and sweet angst girl and last but not least the over weight smart geek kid playing the keyboards in the band in hopes of getting a girl to talk to him. BLAH!

I was really into the idea of Christina Applegate, I like her and not only because she is some serious eye candy that every male from the married with children era is somewhat addicted too. Mainly because she is a brilliant comedic actor, especially in a support role, unfortunately the role never gave her that much to work with and although she did well, fell short of her potential.

The films saving grace came in the form of Rainn Wilson as Fish the naked drummer. In this role he was every bit as good as Jack Black in 'School of Rock' in some ways I think he far exceeds Blacks depiction of the past his prime rocker who never made it. For Rainn's performance alone I gave this film 4 of it's 6point rating!

The Plot:

The Rocker tells the story of a failed drummer who is given a second chance at fame. Robert "Fish" Fishman is the extremely dedicated and astoundingly passionate drummer for the eighties hair band Vesuvius, who is living the rock n' roll dream until he is unceremoniously kicked out of the band. Twenty years after his rock star fantasies are destroyed, just when Fish has finally given up all hope, he hears that his nephew's high school rock band A.D.D. is looking for a new drummer. They reluctantly make him the newest member of the band, giving him a chance to reclaim the rock God throne he's always thought he deserved, and taking the young band along for the ride of their lives.

The Cast:

Rainn Wilson ... Robert 'Fish' Fishman

Christina Applegate ... Kim

Teddy Geiger ... Curtis

Josh Gad ... Matt Gadman

Emma Stone ... Amelia

Jeff Garlin ... Stan

Jane Lynch ... Lisa

Jason Sudeikis ... David Marshall

Will Arnett ... Lex

Howard Hesseman ... Gator

Fred Armisen ... Kerr

Bradley Cooper ... Trash

Lonny Ross ... Sticks

Jon Glaser ... Billy

Jane Krakowski ... Carol


The Movie:


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