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Plot: The Rocker tells the story of a failed drummer who is given a second chance at fame. Robert "Fish" Fishman is the extremely dedicated and astoundingly passionate drummer for the eighties ... Runtime: 102 mins Release Date: 20 Aug 2008
The trailers or the marketing materials don't do this film any justice. I got to see it couple of weeks ago at a pre-screening and had already made up my mind that I was provably gonna hate it because i had seen the trailers, and the posters didn't exactly draw my attention . But hey, free movie, and some free time, who's gonna say no to that? I was delightfully surprised to see an "original film" on theaters again. Something that was not a sequel, or a remake, or some cookie cutter flick. And I'm not a big music fan, but its got a good beat and i can dance to it <more>
LOL The film has a great story and you fall in love with the characters right away. I would have loved to have seen Jack Black playing the lead role but Rainn Wilson was perfect. There's sort of an unpolished subplot with the girls father, but i guess I'll let you be the judge of that.Christina Applegate is HOT. She's come a long way from married with children and plays her character brilliantly.I liked the girl band member, she actually did a great job with her character, though something about her just reminds me of Lindsay Lohan, not sure if she looks like her or she just plays the character the way Lohan would have played it, though could have been more unique.Character-wise she just doesn't look dark enough for what I think the writers were going for.If you get a chance take a date and check it out. You'll have plenty of good material to talk about over dinner.
I have seen no publicity so far about this movie so we were very pleasantly surprised with it when we attended a screening last night. There are laughs from beginning to end. You really feel for Fish throughout the movie because everyone can relate to him; we all have had unfulfilled dreams at least once in our lives. This movie will appeal to all ages as was evidenced by the applause at the end and from peoples' great comments to the promoters after the show. It is very refreshing to see a movie with no sex or violence that everyone can enjoy. The interaction between the characters is <more>
totally believable and throughout the movie you will find yourself rooting for Fish and the band.
The Rocker - A Surprisingly Fun Film! (by Monk5909)
The Rocker was surprise hit for me. I was very pleasantly surprised by how this comedy unfolded. Too often today's movies rely on huge explosive effects, or even when being sold as comedy, the film is geared towards positioning itself for an Oscar nomination. This film was "FUN", not too rough and creates an experience that is based solely on the true comedic brilliance, not only of Rainn Wilson, but the entire cast. It was parody of all things "ROCK" that is done with much less raunchy humor than expected. I rediscovered Christina Applegate in this film, one of my <more>
favorite actresses' from my youth. The four members of ADD: Rainn Wilson, Josh Gad, Teddy Geiger and Emma Stone's interaction "gelled' in a way that that was simply superb. Even the "Deus-ex- Machina" was not particularly rough by today's standards and worked beautifully to bring this story's plot to its climax. The expected meeting with its unexpected resolution between Fish and Vesuvius, along with Vesuvius' fall from the "Rock and Roll" pinnacle, then taking a similar "Rock and Roll" historical place as "Milli Vanilli" was a truly wonderful conclusion, and, in the case of Vesuvius, was much more richly deserved. This film delivered a fantastic and satisfactory conclusion to the story of Fish, Robert "Fish" Fishman! This movie also was and is a wealth of memorable one liner's that will remain with me always. When Kim delivers the "PILTS" line to the bands truly awful manager, David Marshall, her delivery and subsequent giggle had me rolling on the floor for 5 minutes. I have read other reviews that knocked the music, but to me that was part of the point of the movie, it had a Rock legend band, Vesuvius ala' "Whitesnake" or even a better analogy, IMHO, "Ratt"! And a new and upcoming band "A.D.D.". This is an apples and oranges comparison, it's like comparing Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac. This supposed to be a new sound from a new generation of musicians, e.g. if you're looking to hear "Led Zeppelin", then play "Led Zeppelin", not "Fleetwood Mac", but don't waste your time knocking, the other band, because everyone is different, and we all have different musical tastes! I personally liked the music from "A.D.D.", and that's my choice. Director Peter Cattaneo delivered a story that is brilliant. I had not seen one of his films since "The Full Monty", but just like that movie he created a masterpiece that just is not fully appreciated by the general public. His talent is rare. He has the ability to take what could be pure filth, keep it hilariously funny and create a movie, which could be X and becomes PG, without losing any humor, and in fact enhancing it dramatically. For me, this film is far and away the best comedic film that I have seen in 5 or 10 years, and I am going to buy a copy today. There are some films, that for each of us, we can put in the player and watch over and over again and we never really get tired of them. For me "The Rocker" is one of those films! To me, for me, this is a 10 star Film!
Some critics have called the latest "rock-n-roll world" lampoon flick "The Rocker" an incomparable imitation of the critical darling of the same theme "School of Rock". To drum it up in simplistic syntax, both films ROCKED!!!!! "The Rocker" is not a carbon copy narrative of "School of Rock"; it does have a musical story life of its own. "The Rocker" stars the zany Rainn Wilson as Robert "Fish" Fishman, an over-the-top boisterous drummer. Fish was about to dive into the school of "Rock-Roll Fame & Fortune" when <more>
he was the drummer of an 80's heavy metal band called Vesufius. Just before Vesufius made it to stardom, Fish got the firing bait when the band's agent persuaded the Vesufius band members to let the Fish go so he can be replaced with a recording studio hotshot's son. Therefore, Fish was a musician out of the musical waters for the next twenty years. That is until Fish's nephew Matt asked Fish to be the drummer of his high school band entitled A.D.D. are you with me?, lol because the original juvenile drummer boy was being a bad boy and got expelled. Fish accepts and the rocker show begins! Fish is one to rebel and follow the beat of his own ludicrous drum and therefore A.D.D. chaos follows. Due to parental control issues of the remaining A.D.D. band members, the band is forced to rehearse each from their own home utilizing technical wizardry so they can view each other. Fish chooses to rehearse in the nude and before you can say "a little bored girl put it on You Tube and got zillions of hits" it did that exact same thing. That undoubtedly is the scary "naked truth" on the Fish following. Consequentially, fame and fortune follow for A.D.D. as they land a recording contract and tour gigs all over the country. Rainn Wilson's breakthrough performance as Fish was a comedic vivacious delight that should rain him in some more starring comedic roles. I also loved Jeff Garlin's role as the rocker-fantasy suburban dad. Screenwriters Maya Forbes & Wallace Wolodarsky scripted a trendy and modern narrative that symbolized the present youth obsessions & dilemmas in combination with the 80's retro fixations of the forty-year old generation. It was also quite damn hilarious for those young and older. And Director Peter Cattaneo brought the script to cinematic life by orchestrating a fine-tuned comedic machine. "The Rocker" might not be nominated for any Oscars, Golden Globes, or even Grammys, but it's a flick that simply well you know ROCKS in the comedic entertainment "hysterically laugh out-loud" record category. ***** Excellent
For once the a movie is better than it's previews! (by Jonzy8504)
I was given some free tickets to go see an early screening of The Rocker and actually had to look it up online to watch the trailer because i had never heard of it. The trailer was OK but i don't think that i would have paid to see this movie. To my surprise the movie was hilarious! It had a great combination of slapstick comedy mixed with clever jokes as well. If you liked superbad or knocked up i definitely recommend that you go see this movie when it comes out in august! The combination of strange personalities of the band mates really works well and no one character is over featured. <more>
The main roll seems like it would be a Will Ferrel role but without him to run it into the ground the movie had great balance and did a great job of keeping my interest throughout.
Expect nothing less than to roll on the floor laughing. (by killerguitarjb)
I got tickets to a free advanced screening at Warped Tour and I thought why not. I knew it would be amazing because Rainn Wilson from the Office. I surely was not disappointed. This movie keeps you entertained throughout. Like said in other posts, it shows some similarities to School of Rock, sure, but there are many original qualities to this movie which make it gold. Teddy Geiger's performance wasn't the best, it wasn't terrible, he's not an actor he's a singer but he did good nonetheless. I would definitely recommend this movie for a good experience and a good laugh. <more>
You should expect nothing less than to roll on the floor laughing from Rainn Wilson's terrific performance.
So I just went to a pre screening of this film in downtown Chicago and Mr rainn Wilson himself was there to do a Q & A afterwards.This movie was actually laugh out loud funny, it shows a lot of character sub plots and builds a good and funny funny time telling about each character. This is a go for the win movie and even gave me tingles once and awhile. There is a lot of sub plots and it all works together for the ending. It is about Rainn's character who was in a in a rock band that was on their way to being huge and they kick him out of the band. He starts a band with his nephew and <more>
his friends and show them how to be true rockstar giving himself the chance and the dream that was cut from him. I give it a 8 out of 10 and Rainn was a true comic.
1986 - Robert 'Fish' Fishman is the drummer of an up and coming rock band called Vesuvius. However, on the night they are offered a massive record deal, they are told there is a catch.... they have to sack the drummer. Twenty years later, Fish is still angry about that, but when offered the chance to play drums for his nephew's rock band at the Prom, he see this as a chance get to live the rock lifestyle he always wanted....In many ways, The Rocker is a sequel to School Of Rock, in that you have the older band member, with much younger band members. The difference here though, is <more>
that they are all in their late teens. But even these similarities don't hide the fact that for it's running time, The Rocker is hugely enjoyable.The cast, lead by Rainn Wilson are all good. Wilson as Fish gets to over the top as he lives out his dream, and while some of his antics are a bit childish at times, they are probably no worse that what actual bands get up to at times. The fact that the rest of the band, are normal teens makes Fish's antics even funnier.As for the rest of the band members, yes you do have some clichéd characters. There is the sensitive lead singer/song-writer, the Indie- spirited girl, and the genius but shy keyboard player. Despite this however, each person develops as the movie progresses, even Fish and while some plot developments in the movie are very predictable, this doesn't detract from the enjoyment.Peter Cattaneo, who also directed The Full Monty, keeps things moving along nicely. The script, while not a laugh out loud riot for me anyway , did keep a smile on my face all the way through. The music in the movie is also well done. Not only in the choice of background music, but also the songs that the band have written themselves.The Rocker will never be remembered as an all-time comedy classic. But for it's running time, it is very enjoyable, keeps you smiling and is very entertaining.
Comedy - for laughs - not irony or sarcasm - and all the better for it. (by intelearts)
This was the biggest surprise of the year - bar none.A great comedy - as in laughs, feel good, and just plain enjoyable.The plot of the loser who makes good at rock'n'roll second time around is very Jack Black and Rainn Wilson does a GREAT job - there is no recourse to gross or sarcastic humor here - rather it plays on its rock roots, chucks in some stupidity, and some kick-ass tunes, and lots of excellent one liners and like I say totally surprised us as to how genuinely funny and warm-hearted this is.Great cast and a great script - sure it's not perfect, but after all the <more>
pseudo-comedy and angst of 2008 it was refreshing just to sit back and enjoy an entertaining movie.we loved it and are normally really cynical about comedies - but this rocks and would recommend to anyone as a real effort by all involved to stop being smarter than the audience and just enjoy life - in two and a half words? - it rocks!