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“THE ROCKER,” aka Robert “Fish” Fishman, was the drummer for an eighties hair band. He was living the rock ‘n’ roll dream… until he was kicked out of the group. Twenty years later, the desperate rocker joins his nephew’s band, “A.D.D.,” finally reclaiming the rock-god throne he’s always thought he deserved -- while taking his much younger band-mates along for the ride of their lives.
Comedy - This is a silly comedy aimed at an older teen and young adult
audience, particularly males. Fans of lead Rainn Wilson will have a
lot to save here though some other known comic actors such as
Christina Applegate and Will Arnett don't have much screen time.
There is some mildly suggestive humor.
PROFANITY: 3 S-words; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Some non-sexual nudity. VIOLENCE: Hits and falls played for laughs. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol. ACTION: One foot/car chase. COMEDY: Silly slapstick and wisecracks; some suggestive humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average The Rocker provides us with a stack of lifeless, canned heavy metal "originals" and expects us to believe we're hearing works of genius.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average It's never too late to rock. That's why audiences would be better served staying home and playing Rock Band than wasting their time on something as leaden and unfunny as The Rocker.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 23 moviegoers:Sorry, we weren't able to collect very many reviews for this movie. From these limited reviews it appears that most everyone enjoyed "The Rocker." The few adult reviews were decent but mixed. The teen and twentysomething age groups all enjoyed this movie very much.
When we first meet Fish, he and his bandmates from Vesuvius are in full ‘80s
glory – knocking out head-banging songs and sporting big hair, scarves, and impossibly
tight leather pants. Just as Vesuvius is about to break big, Fish is tossed out of the band.
Flash-forward twenty years: the ex-drummer extraordinaire, who lived, ate, breathed,
slept – and most of all, sweated – rock n' roll, works for an insurance company and is
living with his sister, brother-in-law and nephew Matt.
In short, Fish is a broken man, stuck in a mid-life crisis. But when he learns that
Matt's band, A.D.D. is searching for a new drummer, Fish volunteers – well, really, he
begs – for a shot. Fish is over two decades older than his bandmates, yet somehow he
completes A.D.D.: the brooding, hair-in-the-face singer Curtis; the stiff-as-a-board
supernerd Matt; the ironic post-modern punk girl Amelia – and now the ancient rocker,
Spurred by Fish's habit of rehearsing in the buff (and hip new moniker "The
Naked Drummer”), A.D.D. becomes an internet sensation. They hit the road for their
first big tour – along with Curtis' mom, Kim, as a chaperon. But as Fish once again lives
the rock and roll life he thought was almost a birthright, he begins a journey that will take
him to a place even he never thought possible: adulthood.