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Rocker, The (2008) Movie Information

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6883

Avg. Rating:

2.41/4

# of Ratings:

51

Genres:

Comedy, Musical

Rating:

PG-13

Language:

English

Theater Date:

08/20/2008

DVD Release:

01/27/2009

Director:

Peter Cattaneo

Actors:

Rainn Wilson
Christina Applegate
Josh Gad
Emma Stone
Will Arnett
Jane Lynch

 

 

 

 

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An 80's hair band drummer, who has been in seclusion with out any money or anything to do, is brought back to life when he hears his nephew has a new project for him. He has started a band and wants him to potentially join for success. He takes it to heart and promises to show them what life was like on the tour. Little does he know that things have changed in the last 20 years and some things just aren't cool anymore.

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FSUNoles27TS 12/11/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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2.5/4 

I actually enjoyed this movie and Rainn Wilson in a lead role. Worth a watch.

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Snoogans 11/22/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2/4 

Rainn is likable, but the film just goes through the motions. Mildly funny at best.

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mitchellyoung 07/16/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

I think if this film were allowed to be R-rated, it wouldn't have held back on some of the material, but it's still an often very funny "fish out of water" story. Rainn Wilson is the heart of the film, channeling a goofy and immature aging rocker and for those who know the music industry, there are fun nods to some of its nuances.

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  TommyL31
TommyL31
Rising Star
 

04/17/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Funny movie, first of several for Rainn?

This movie was pretty freaking funny. Rainn Wilson did a really good job. I was very skeptical that he could sustain an entire movie as the lead comic actor because it is pretty hard to do but I was very pleasantly surprised.

The review that framed it as "40 year old virgin meets School of Rock" is probably the best way to describe it. It definitely had both of those feels at times (the end concert was absolutely a School of Rock ripoff). That being said I felt like there wasn't much development. I was looking for more sideplots, hindrances, and development of romances and/or rivalries and this movie had all of them but they didn't focus on and develop many of them.

Example of under developed aspects that were touched upon *CAUTION POSSIBLE SPOILER*
1. Fish's romance with Curtis' m...

Rating of
3/4 

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  BryanFury
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11/07/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Rainman delivers

Who knew Rainn Wilson had it in him to step into Jack Black's shoes and just rock out in all his glory. You can't deny there are obvious similarities between this movie and JB's School or Rock. But then just when you thought you had seen everything, you're probably wrong. The Rocker surprisingly holds up on its own with style and rockin comedy. Rainn Wilson does unexpectedly well doing his thang as this deserted washed up drummer. I really thought he could never in a million years pull off his character as a musician and looked that believable playing but yes he did. He's just as crazy as good old Jack, the only thing he's missing is a beer belly well that's a good thing. One other thing I like is the story line, they kept it pretty simple and is just at the right pace. The supporting cas...

Rating of
3/4 

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  kcvidkid
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Producer
 

07/01/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

This rocker really rocks!

An advance screening pass to a movie about which I could learn precious little, resulted in a delightful movie experience. Seldom lately have I been able to recommend a "sleeper", but "The Rocker" is a true gem.

Rainn Wilson (Dwight from "The Office") is an aging drummer, bitter over his dismissal from the rock band that eventually became a worldwide sensation. When the opportunity to play in his nephew's band during Prom unexpectedly arises, the two generations clash hilariously.

At times, the movie is slapstick, with Wilson the butt of the joke. At others, just flat out funny. But it's a perfect mix and does not come across as uneven. Likewise, the story has heart, but never approaches too much sentimentality.

"The Rocker" is full of familiar faces in small roles. And Ch...

Rating of
3/4 

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