Wednesday, August 20, 2008

STL CINEMA REVIEW: THE ROCKER

THE ROCKER
Directed by Peter Cattaneo
Screenplay by Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky - story by Ryan Jaffe
Running time 102 minutes
Rated PG-13

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
We start of in the 1980's, where Robert 'Fish' Fishman (Wilson) is a rock drummer in an up-and-coming glam metal band. Well, one day a record company comes knocking and dangles a recording contract in the band's face -- with one stipulation: they gotta gut the Fish. Flash to present time as Fish has turned his back on metal music, and has been living a very unfulfilling life, all while his former bandmates have gone on to multi-platinum album success.

Things begin to roll forward when Fish's nephew's rock band needs a drummer for a special prom gig. As anticipated, they ask Uncle Fish. Well then (of course) the journey begins. That gig leads to other gigs, those gigs lead to touring... and so the story goes.

WHAT WILL AN AVERAGE AUDIENCE THINK?
They'll enjoy themselves, but by December they'll probably forget they saw it.

WHAT DID I THINK?
I'm still not certain if Rainn Wilson is leading man material. He's certainly a terrific supporting actor. But as of today he hasn't really shown us anything more than subtle variations of his "Dwight Schrute" character.

DID I LAUGH?
Yes. Actually there was one memorable scene involving an attic.

GEMS TO NOTE:
Josh Gad as Fish's nephew Matt. This kid had some terrific moments... especially the scene where Matt is sleeping. Another gem is Jason Sudeikis as the slimy David Marshall.

MISUSED GEMS:
Fred Armisen was there on the screen and ready to kick ass. However his character was given absolutely nothing to do. Will Arnett as Lex could have also been so much more than it was. Another wasted talent.

THEATRE, RENT, OR WATCH IT ON CABLE
Rent it, but only if you can check it out at the library or get it on discount.

COMPARISON TO SIMILAR WORKS:
Better than HOT ROD? Yes.
Better than GET SMART? No.
Better than Airheads? Yes.

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