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The Rocker

The Rocker
Rainn Wilson, Christina Applegate, Josh Gad, Teddy Geiger, and Emma Stone

Rated: PG-13 drug and sexual references, nudity and language
Reviewed by: Nina  
Release date: July 30, 2008 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

The Rocker is a movie about an improbable group of misfits that live out the ultimate rock star dream. The nerd of the group persuades his living-in-the-past uncle to serve as the drummer in their high school band. He was previously booted out of a band in the 80’s that has since found Hall of Fame status. He is bitter and resentful and refuses to let it go. His stubbornness to force them to be “rock stars” leads them to an unbelievable road trip - about as wild as a church picnic – and to find that their dreams are worth fighting for.

They get a gig and go to Indiana with the lead singer’s mom, played by Christina Applegate who wasn’t really convincing as his mother, but lent an authority air to the festivities. A little weak in the storyline department with lots of nerdy stuff, love-struck teens and brooding lead singer, but only enough to keep you mildly interested.

Rainn Wilson, excellent in "The Office", is both likeable and a little gross as the sweaty, naked drummer, living out his inner rockstar. There are some scenes of inspiration but this movie is only mildly entertaining and you don’t really even care. I did laugh out loud once when he put his head out of the top of the tour bus and a bug flew in - the bug looked pretty big – and I liked the songs. If you are a fan of Rainn Wilson, you might buy a ticket. And a box of Junior Mints to keep you awake.

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