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The Rocker


Rainn Wilson (TV's The Office) drums up huge laughs in this hilarious comedy about living in a rock 'n' roll dream...and waking up in a midlife crisis.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 12
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
2 out of 5

Some laughs, but this is no School of Rock.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this comedy -- which stars Rainn Wilson of the popular sitcom The Office and singer Teddy Geiger -- has a tween-targeted marketing campaign and is likely to appeal to kids 10 and up. The jokes tend to be of the slapstick/physical variety, but there are occasional strong words like "s--t" and "bitch," a couple of kisses, and several references to "scoring" with the opposite sex. But as summer comedies go, this one is fairly tame.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how fame and celebrity are typically depicted in movies. Based on what you see in the media, how does a "star" behave? Do Curtis, Matt, and Amelia act like stereotypical rock stars? What about the members of Vesuvius? The ADD teens' parents were all supportive of their band. Is that realistic? Kids: What do you think of ADD's music? Also, what's the most important thing Fish learns from the kids, and what's the most important thing they learn from him?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It's depressing when the best thing you can say about a comedy is that its second-rateness is pleasantly in sync with its unmagnetic hero.

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Not entirely a "School of Rock" ripoff but Dwight's character is practically a copy of Jack Black's role. The script though was pretty funny in my opinion, there is one guy in here that could pass as Jonah Hill cuz they talk, act, and look the same. Funny movie.

- Chiefilms, Tuesday, February 10, 2009

3 stars

"Opportunity rocks" The Office star Rainn Wilson portrays a drummer named "Fish," who gets a second shot at fame 20 years after getting kicked out of his band on the very night they signed the record contract that made them stars. Fish has spent the past two decades languishing at soul-crushing day jobs while his old bandmates became legends, continuing to grace magazine covers and dominate the radio. He might just get another chance at musical success, however, when his teenage cousin invites him to drum for his high school garage band, and they end up catching the ear of record executives. Now, Fish is determined to live the hedonistic rock & roll lifestyle he missed out on 20 years ago, but his new bandmates don't appreciate his hard partying -- and neither do his middle-aged knees. This Fox Atomic comedy co-stars Christina Applegate. Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) and Tom McNulty co-produced the feature, which was penned by Wallace Wolodarsky and Maya Forbes, and directed by Peter Cattaneo (Opal Dream). Review I find The Rocker highly amusing, sue me. While its no School of Rock and Rainn Wilson is in no way in the league of a God that is Jack Black, The Rocker finds its way to audiences with its rockin soundtrack and the comedic power of one Rainn Wilson, who also plays one of the most lovable TV character ever, The Office's Dwight Schrute. The gags and the jokes might seem out of line at some point, but quickly recovers as Rainn Wilson's hilarious antics make up for it for the whole duration of the movie. He's fast becoming one of my favorite comedian out there. Although Rainn Wilson's attempt to promote the movie proved to be futile, Jenna Fischer being locked up in the back of his Firebird so that you will watch the movie, and quite frankly it didn't fare well in the box office which I found rather odd because the movie is a comedy. This is the kind of movie that people will actually spend their money on and just have a good time watching it, they put Beverly Hills Chihuahua in the top spot for two straight weeks and this hilarious romp didn't even make it to two weeks. Hysterical.

- mrpopcorn, Monday, October 20, 2008

3 stars

standing in front of an audience is this generation's date with marilyn monroe: a dream come sooo true, dude. and so yet another rags-to-riches story of a garage band making it to the big leagues (so reminiscent of tom hank's "that thing you do!" that i had to slap myself...or was tom himself slapping me...), only this one's "twist" is that the spark to fame and fortune is an ex-old-school-heavy-metal rocker's second chance.'s a balanced effort, with not terrible music, and with a smile or two included. i liked this.

- moonrivers, Thursday, August 28, 2008