Rock of Ages
Theatrical Release: 6/15/2012
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Writer: Justin Theroux & Chris D'Arienzo
Producer: Jennifer Gibgot
Director: Adam Shankman
Runtime: 123 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Julianne Hough,
Under the direction of Adam Shankman ("Hairspray"), New Line Cinema's feature film adaptation of the smash hit Broadway musical "Rock of Ages" comes to the big screen.
"Rock of Ages" tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock 'n' roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister and more.
The movie musical stars Julianne Hough ("Burlesque"), with actor/singer Diego Boneta in his feature film debut, Russell Brand ("Arthur," "Get Him to the Greek"), Oscar® nominee Paul Giamatti ("Cinderella Man"), Academy Award® winner Catherine Zeta- Jones ("Chicago"), Malin Akerman ("The Proposal") and R&B queen Mary J.
If rock and roll is, as some believe, hedonistic music, then that might explain this movie. It focuses a lot on drinking, illicit sex, disrespectful attitudes and making conservatives look judgmental and hypocritical. In this movie, the women who condemn others deserve it as they are harsh and dance sensually themselves.
In 1987 Sherrie Christian ( Julianne Hough) moves from Oklahoma to L.A. as her dream is to become a rock singer. One of the movie's very few positive elements in terms of family viewing is that it does promote the idea of going after one's dreams. Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin) is also a would-be rocker and gives Sherrie a job. However, the raucous theme of the film grows larger when we meet rocker Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise). He parties constantly and seems to live for sex and yet he remains unfulfilled even while achieving his lascivious exploits.
I understand this movie is adapted, based on a hit Broadway play. Although Tom Cruise brings a lot of energy to his rock star character, and the movie figures some big names including Catherine Zeta-Jones, this picture is definitely not family viewing material. We therefore can't award our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal to this one.
Sex: A lot of suggestive dancing; implied sex outside of marriage; girls pole dancing; men grab woman's clothed rear; prostitutes give woman a hard time; reference to oral sex; innuendos; woman works as a stripper; a rocker greets some women by groping them; two men seen kissing; women act self-righteous and condemning but dance sensually themselves.
Language: J-2; Ch*ist-1; Sweet Baby J*sus-1; G/OMG-15; F-1; S-10; A-2; Crap-2; H-2; D-1; Slang for breasts-2; B-2; B (in a song)-1; Do*che-2
Violence: Officers push a man to a wall and onto car and he's arrested; an animal throws things at a character; woman slaps man; a baboon knocks out a man with a punch.
Drugs: A lot of drinking scenes throughout; beer, wine and other drinking; shots are downed; some characters appear drunk, numb or in a state of being under influence of drugs; songs and talk about drinking.
Nudity: Strong cleavage; shirtless men; woman seen in bra and panties; scantily clad women as strippers; most of man's nude rear seen; most of a woman's nude rear seen.
Other: Some church women act self-righteous but dance sensually and act hypocritical; disrespectful attitudes; conservatives are made to look harsh and judgmental; stealing; two scenes of someone flipping someone off with the middle finger.