New Movies to Crave: Rock of Ages Brings Back the 80s, That's My Boy Brings Back Adam Sandler
By Chris Kavan - 06/14/12 at 10:31 AM CT
Are you on the fence about what to watch this weekend? The movies coming out on 06-15-2012 both offer something that hasn't been seen yet: a musical and a certified comedy. But is either worth your time?
1) I'll open this up by saying I was granted a sneak peak look to Rock of Ages this week and I can say that you will like this film if one (or more) of the following interest you:
Do you like the 80s? Do you like 80's music - specifically with band names like Poison, Bon Jovi, Guns n Roses, Journey, Foreigner, Night Ranger and REO Speedwagon?
Do you like scene-stealing primates ala that monkey in Hangover II or the orangutan from Every Which Way But Loose?
Do you like Tom Cruise at all?
Do like movies that don't take themselves seriously and you can have fun with?
Does your girlfriend/wife/significant other often drag you to movies you might otherwise avoid?
If you answered yes or even maybe to any of the above questions - this movie is for you. It's totally cheesy, but in a good way, even if it no way represents the real L.A. as it was back in 1987. Plus, it's worth every penny just to see Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin duet "I Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore" - seriously, price of admission right there.
2) As for That's My Boy - well, I have no problem admitting that I haven't been impressed much by anything Adam Sandler has done since, oh, lets say Click back in '06 - and even that's stretching things. Yet a film like Grown Ups somehow made a truckload of money, so Sandler keeps doing the same schtick he's been doing all the way back in the Billy Madison days. This time Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester and James Caan are along for the ride. I just hope this turns out a lot better than their misguided 2012 MTV Movie Awards Presentation. Whatever the case, something tells me this has to be better than Jack and Jill - though anything would be a step up from that.
So, are you ready to be rocked like a hurricane this weekend or are you going for straight-up laughs or do you just want the whole weekend to blow over? We'll see if rock gods and comedic conflagration is any match for the family-friendly titan Madagascar 3 or the mind-bending sci-fi Prometheus. I'll be back Sunday with the results.