Rock of Ages (Shankman, 2012)

Rock of Ages (Adam Shankman, 2012)

I feel like a lot of movies I’m seeing have been falling victim to this recently, but again, this is a case of a movie taking itself too seriously. What starts as a hilarious over-the-top musical spoof ends up as a failed attempt to peel layers off of stereotypes from this era. Shankman wants to dig deep into the prima donna lead singer, the small town girl in the big city, and the bar worker turned big star, but all he does is create extended clichés and a schmaltzy ending. I really can’t understand why he didn’t just go all out by recognizing how ridiculous the premise of this movie was, and following through with complete craziness and lunacy. The best part of the film was the sidestory involving the mayor’s wife and her conservative clan trying to bring down rock and roll. This group was true to its over-the-top-ness, and Catherine Zeta-Jones was hilarious as a result. So while kind of fun, and a nice trip down memory lane music-wise, it gets in its own way too often.  5.75/10

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One Response to “Rock of Ages (Shankman, 2012)”

  1. Say what you will about this movie but I loved it. It was by far the most fun I’ve had at the movies in a long time. F-U-N!

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