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At Theaters: 9/7/2001 On Video: 1/22/2002
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 50 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 339911
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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The night his bandmates boot him out of the group he founded, Chris is devastated, until an unexpected phone call changes his life forever: he, Chris Cole, has been tapped to replace Bobby Beers as the lead singer of Steel Dragon. In an instant, Chris rockets to the dizzying heights of sudden stardom, rising from devotee to icon, from the ultimate rock fan to the ultimate rock god.
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Drama Musical - A drama wrapped around some heavy metal rock. This "feel good," "rags to richs" story should appeal to anyone that enjoys (or can tolerate) this type of music, since the music is played loud and frequent.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Mark Wahlberg PLANET OF THE APES, THE YARDS, THE PERFECT STORM
Jennifer Aniston IRON GIANT, OFFICE SPACE
Jason Flemyng THE RED VIOLIN
Timothy Olyphant THE FIRST WIVES CLUB, 60 SECONDS
Timothy Spall THE WISDOM OF CROCODILES, TOPSY-TURVY
Dominic West 28 DAYS
Director: Stephen Herek HOLY MAN
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About The Production
About The Music
The Costumes
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Strong profanity and sexual references.
SEX/NUDITY: Some brief nudity and sexual references.
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Lots of drinking and smoking, some minor drug use.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Approximately twenty funny remarks/scenes.
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Above Average "Dream big. Live the life,'' the indispensable Timothy Spall, as the Dragon's dissolute road manager, tells Chris. That ''Rock Star'' finds it necessary to spell out dumb stuff like this is its failure. That for a moment or two Wahlberg is a rock star is its success.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Average "One senses that the story could have had the potential to make a good movie (perhaps even a great one) if only the characters had been sympathetic or credible, but the production's refusal to try anything edgy condemns Rock Star to the rock pile of cinematic mediocrity. And, as an added insult, the resolution relies upon a difficult-to-swallow contrivance.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Above Average "Watching ''Rock Star'' was an instructive experience. Until the halfway mark I approved of it, and then slowly my enthusiasm faded. It stopped being an adventure and started being a parable. Where was the juice and joy? By the end of the film I conceded, yes, there are good performances and the period is well captured, but the movie didn't convince me of the feel and the flavor of its experiences.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Below Average "Wahlberg is likable and hunky, and Aniston is appealing. Too bad the leaden writing and predictable story weren't more worthy of their talents. And the music is equally derivative.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 111 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
11
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
16
High
94%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
21
Very High
95%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
26
Very High
96%
30+Adults (M)
21
Fairly High
95%
30+Adults (F)
16
Fairly High
81%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

These are some very good opinions. Only a very few rated the movie a bit low. Most enjoyed it very much and a fair number loved it, rating it "Fantastic" and "Excellent."

It appears that some teens weren't too impressed with it. Same for adult females. Most teens and adult females enjoyed it, but there were about a third who's opinions weren't only "Good," which is somewhat low.

Since nearly everyone gave it high marks, I can easily recommend "Rock Star," to those that like (or can tolerate) this type of music.Chances are quite good that you will enjoy it very much or, at the very least, find it entertaining.

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
A very entertaining, feel good movie. It's always fun to watch a story where the underdog wins. The younger crowd should especially enjoy "Rock Star." The loud heavy metal rock music will obviously not appeal to most adults and those concert scenes are some of the best scenes in the movie.

If a movie about heavy metal rock sounds good to you, chances are, you'll think "Rock Star" ROCKS!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Chris Cole (MARK WAHLBERG) was born to rock. His longtime girlfriend Emily (JENNIFER ANISTON) believes Chris's talent could take him all the way — but instead of writing his own music, Chris worships at the altar of Bobby Beers, the fiery frontman for Steel Dragon, the heavy metal rock legends that both inspire and consume his life.

By day, Chris still lives at home with his parents and spends his days repairing copy machines, push-starting his sputtering Dodge Dart and fighting with his brother.

But when Chris takes the stage, all of that disappears. When he's fronting Blood Pollution, Pennsylvania's premiere Steel Dragon tribute band, Chris Cole is Bobby Beers — mesmerizing audiences with his perfect imitation of Beers' electrifying vocals and sexy snarl. Blood Pollution's low-rent recreation of the Dragon's elaborate arena shows drive the locals (including Chris's loving parents and amused choir director) into a head-banging. hair-whipping frenzy.

The night his bandmates boot him out of the group he founded, Chris is devastated — until an unexpected phone call changes his life forever: he, Chris Cole, has been tapped to replace Bobby Beers as the lead singer of Steel Dragon. In an instant, Chris rockets to the dizzying heights of sudden stardom, rising from devotee to icon., from the ultimate rock fan to the ultimate rock god — the wanna-be who got to be.

So what happens when an average guy gets everything he wants.. . and discovers it's not enough?
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