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Rock of Ages

comedy, music & musicals, romance


In 1987 Los Angeles, an infamous rock star and a legendary Hollywood rock club facing its final countdown converge with an aspiring musician and a small town girl with big dreams.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    41%
  • Audience Score
    55%

common sense

ON for kids age 15
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
1 out of 5

Musical has more glam than grit, except for drinking.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rock of Ages is based on a Broadway musical comedy about rock 'n' roll, of which there is plenty (particularly heavy-metal hits from the '80s). There's also a lot of drinking, especially by an often-wasted star whose favorite drink is scotch, straight from the bottle, but no drugs or smoking. Words like "s--t" and "ass" are used (plus one "f--k"), and there are many suggestive scenes (think writhing, willing groupies and strip clubs) -- though there's no graphic nudity, and the sex scenes are more choreographed dance than erotica. The star-studded cast includes Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Russell Brand.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about rock music. Do you agree with some of the people in Rock of Ages who say that rock can inspire debauchery and wears away community morals? Or is it a means of self-expression that shouldn't be censored?
  • Do you think the rock star in the film is realistic? Do some musical legends live like this, surrounded by groupies and drunk most of the time? Or is this a stereotype?
  • How is drinking depicted in the movie? Are the consequences realistic?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    41%
    reviews counted: 20
    see all Rock of Ages reviews
  • Audience

    55%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: No matter how you feel about Guns N' Roses, Tom Cruise's as a bandanna-headed Axl Rose type will hit you as the purest bit of genius in the man's entire film career.

- Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday, June 14, 2012

Rotten: It's content to keep toes tapping, when it should be bringing the arena to its feet.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, June 15, 2012

Rotten: Rock of Ages is not a spoof, but it might as well be, given how little there is to root for.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Audience Reviews

2 stars

I'm not a big fan of musicals. There's really only one musical that I really love and that's "Across the Universe". I liked "Rock of Ages", but it's not something I will probably ever want to watch again. It's about a boy and girl in search of their musical dreams set in L.A. during the 80's. The meet at a famous club called the Bourbon Room which is hosting a big concert by Stacee Jaxx(Tom Cruise) who is your typical 80's rocker all drugged out. Yes the story is plain and cliche, but the main reason to see this is the music and fantastic cast. The music is all 80's hair band and rock music(performed by the actors of course). Journey, Bon Jovi, Poison, Night Ranger, Twisted Sister, all of them get a song or two in, and it's hard not to sing along. Now, the movie is cheesy and all the performances are corny as hell. But this cast is crazy. Paul Giamatti, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bryan Cranston, Malin Akerman,Mary J. Blige, and a great Tom Cruise. This is a fun flick, that's worth a watch, it's just not something you will need to see more than once, probably.

- fb100000145236770, Saturday, December 1, 2012

2 stars

I'm not a big fan of musicals. There's really only one musical that I really love and that's "Across the Universe". I liked "Rock of Ages", but it's not something I will probably ever want to watch again. It's about a boy and girl in search of their musical dreams set in L.A. during the 80's. The meet at a famous club called the Bourbon Room which is hosting a big concert by Stacee Jaxx(Tom Cruise) who is your typical 80's rocker all drugged out. Yes the story is plain and cliche, but the main reason to see this is the music and fantastic cast. The music is all 80's hair band and rock music(performed by the actors of course). Journey, Bon Jovi, Poison, Night Ranger, Twisted Sister, all of them get a song or two in, and it's hard not to sing along. Now, the movie is cheesy and all the performances are corny as hell. But this cast is crazy. Paul Giamatti, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bryan Cranston, Malin Akerman,Mary J. Blige, and a great Tom Cruise. This is a fun flick, that's worth a watch, it's just not something you will need to see more than once, probably.

- fb100000145236770, Saturday, December 1, 2012

1 star

Rock of Ages, end for me. Full review at themoviefreakblog.com on 11/20

- spielberg00, Saturday, November 24, 2012