Rock of Ages

June 21st, 2012


Rock of Ages

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A small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.

Release Year: 2012

Rating: 6.2/10 (4,433 voted)

Critic's Score: 47/100

Director: Adam Shankman

Stars: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise

Set in 1987 Los Angeles, Drew and Sherrie are two young people chasing their dreams in the big city. When they meet, it's love at first sight, though their romance will face a series of challenges.

Writers: Justin Theroux, Chris D'Arienzo

Diego Boneta - Drew Boley
Dakota Sage Grant - Little Girl on Bus
Julianne Hough - Sherrie Christian
Tom Cruise - Stacee Jaxx
Matt Sullivan - Random Guy
Alec Baldwin - Dennis Dupree
Russell Brand - Lonny
Erica Frene - Beth
Bryan Cranston - Mike Whitmore
Michael Olusczak - Crook
Anthony Bellissimo - Rocker Thief
Shane Hartline - Bartender Jimmy (as Alan Shane Hartline)
James Martin Kelly - Doug Flintlock
Catherine Zeta-Jones - Patricia Whitmore
Celina Beach - Mayor's Secretary


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 15 June 2012

Filming Locations: Miami, Florida, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $75,000,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Cameo: [Kevin Cronin] lead singer of the band REO Speedwagon, singing "We Built This City" with the people supporting The Bourbon Room.

Continuity: When Patricia is explaining to her husband about her "roommate" in the car,she is holding papers. There is a office clip holding the paper together. The metal flaps on the clip switch between being up and being down.

Dennis Dupree: This place is about to become a sea of sweat, ear-shattering music and puke.

User Review

Was not quite the Rock of Ages, but close

Rating: 7/10

*There are no real spoilers in this review, just some minor plot details.

I had the privilege of being able to see this at an advance screening a couple of months ago. Just to let you know, I have never seen the Broadway show, so I can't compare the two.

On one hand, Tom Cruise stole the show as he always does. He plays the role of aging rocker Stacee Jaxx, tasked with saving the Bourbon Room from the villainous Patricia Whitmore's (Zeta-Jones) wrath. He has a killer voice, and he shared some great chemistry with journalist Constance Sack (Malin Akerman). I think everybody is going to love those two together.

On the other hand, the two lovebirds Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) and Drew Boley (Diego Boneta) just did not bring a lot of chemistry. And their acting ability is so far inferior to the likes of the Cruises, Baldwins, and the Giamattis of the world. And when they are the leads, it kind of brings down the movie a little bit. The singing was great, but isn't that the standard for musicals? I would've preferred Brittany Snow be cast alongside the original Drew Constantine Maroulis. Even though I have not seen the original play live, I've seen numerous of his performances either live or on the computer.

Another critique I have is that the whole thing is a little too much. This film felt a little busy to me. I almost wish someone would have told Adam Shankman to tone it down a little because it fizzled a little towards the end.

The musical numbers in were just incredible. As someone in the younger generation, I don't believe I could appreciate the the 80s music as much as the people born in the later 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s. But, make no mistake, every single number was executed pretty well. I happened to like the performances more than Shankman's previous musical, Hairspray.

It was legitimately funny. Even if you don't like Tom Cruise personally, he kills it in every movie he's in. His scenes are the best. I was also impressed by the performances of Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, and Paul Giamatti. Even singer Mary J. Blige got involved.

This is a movie that is some big time fun. It's not for everybody, as the person sitting next to me reminded me of. But if you liked Shankman's Hairspray, then you'll probably have a place for this one in your heart too.

Kudos to Adam Shankman and Chris D'Arenzio (creater) for achieving what they wanted to accomplish.


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