The Rocker
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    OK, this is not going to win any Oscars, but it is a fun movie. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to get it on video. Many laugh out loud moments and the cameo by Pete Best of the original Beatles was hysterical! If you are looking for a movie to take you away from your troubles for a couple of hours and make you laugh, please buy this one. All fans of Rock-n-Roll will get a kick out of it.
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  • The Rocker Movie Review from The Massie Twins
    Though it borrows liberally from its genre brethren, The Rocker showcases a keen sense of parody and heart with a powerful star performance from the Jack Black-channeling Rainn Wilson. The "naked drummer" doesn't stray too far from his Office persona, but the random foul-mouthed spurts and goggle-eyed expressions certainly add a welcome layer of comic ingenuity.

    In 1986, Robert "Fish" Fishman (Rainn Wilson) drums for the popular rock band Vesuvius and a lucrative career seems destined to embrace him. However, a chance to play at a killer gig causes his bandmates to sell him out for fast fame, and the drummer is literally kicked to the streets. Twenty years later, Robert finds himself in a dead-end desk job with no hope of escaping his mundane lifestyle. But good luck and misfortune strike simultaneously leaving him jobless, homeless, and shacked up at his sister's house - where the desperation of his nephew's rock band lands him a spot as their drummer. What starts off as a rocky, mismatched collaboration inadvertently becomes a rapid success and Robert, along with Amelia (Emma Stone), Curtis (Teddy Geiger), and Matt (Josh Gad) may finally get to live the dream they've worked so hard to obtain.

    For his debut leading film role, Rainn Wilson manages a diverse blend of comedy and emanates the better qualities of funnyman Jack Black. Rainn keeps his character under control so as not to get annoying but remains erratic enough to evoke plenty of laughs. Most of the physical comedy (and nudity, unfortunately) belongs to the Office veteran who competently handles elaborate falls and crazed expressions with sincere enthusiasm. Spouting off random quotable gibes, Wilson utilizes a copious amount of offbeat one-liners and bizarre references that will result in a hearty chuckle for those attuned to the borderline-offensive brand of comedy.

    While the primary band members fill their roles quite ably, a surprising amount of laughs come from the hilarious supporting characters and their moments of inspired lunacy. Most notable are Will Arnett as a crazed 80's rocker and Jason Sudeikis as an arrogant record label agent whose offensive pick-up lines never fail to amuse. Numerous cameos also fill the screen, from stand-up comedian favorites to famous musicians and anchored comedy character actors.

    Though the whole cast turns in fine performances and Rainn Wilson conjures up a delirious beast of a drummer, The Rocker's downfall may be its heavily treaded subject matter. The clich¨¦-filled plot resembles far too many others and even the rather unique pieces feel drowned out by the surplus of stereotypical events. What clearly rocks though is the hysterical frontman and a host of great cameos and fantastic supporting characters who bring an edgy absurdity to the whole affair.

    - Joel Massie

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  • "Wow. I never realized that, like, real life is so boring."
    Rainn Wilson plays Robert Fishman---"Fish"---the left-behind drummer for the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame big hair band Vesuvius, who was dumped just as the band got its first real break.

    Fish spends the next twenty years working 9 to 5 and brooding over his bandmates' betrayal. He never touches a drum kit again until his teenaged nephew, in a band called Attention Deficit Disorder, begs him to fill in for the band's absent drummer.

    Fish agrees. He gives the lead singer, Timothy Geiger, a few new arrangements and some lyrics, and within months, A.D.D. is the biggest act around with a hit record and a national tour. Although Fish quickly readopts his hardcore rocker lifestyle, his young bandmates act as a sea anchor, calming him somewhat.

    All is well until the band's manager convinces Geiger to dump "the dinosaur," and Fish finds himself once again relegated to the bargain bin. But A.D.D. is not Vesuvius, and they quickly lose momentum without their sparkplug. Although begged to return, at first Fish is embittered, especially when he discovers that A.D.D. is to be the opening act for Vesuvius's world tour. But in the end, his love for his young bandmates overcomes all.

    This is a fine, fun, and goodnatured film in the vein of SCHOOL OF ROCK, and is well worth a bowl of popcorn and a Sunday evening. ...more info
  • Wow was I surprised by this one
    You look at that DVD cover and you assume you're just gonna get something like all the other teen junk out there with stupid sophmoric humor that is poorly executed and shamelessly tries to get as crude as possible in order to draw attention to itself.

    Yet, the ROCKER gives me hope that good cinema still exists. It isn't outstanding and it isn't slam bam laugh out loud every two seconds but what the ROCKER does, is something that USED to be done all the time in movies. It has CHARACTER and HEART and PERSONALITY and a MESSAGE to say about living your dreams and not letting anything knock you off course.

    Most importantly though, the ROCKER locks you into the characters and you care about them, you are involved and invested in their stories. You have a connection with them, and sadly, that is something that most films these days... forget.

    The ROCKER does ROCK because it had the balls to be REAL, HONEST and FUNNY at the same time, in a hollywood environment that caters to the sophmoric crude and trashy humor that we get most of the time. It banked on the personalities in the script and banked that the audience would relate and they did and will....more info
  • Film Review
    I read on other reviews of "The Rocker", that they didn't like the film for this reason or that. True, it's not going to change your life but it was actually quite funny. I'd say give this one a chance and don't take it too seriously as it's not meant to. Especially if you're an aged "Rocker" thinking back to yesteryear, you'll find just how much you can relate to as I did. ...more info
  • Fish, starting over again, big time, naked drummer
    Lost that big one in the 80's...
    Drummers are to rock as spinach is to Pop Eye.
    So then there was Internet video of the band and the naked drummer
    and yahoo, they are Googled.
    In the studio laying down tracks and shooting riffs
    off the new songs, they are rocking.
    Will they get there? Or fall over their drums and twist their ankle
    in anger? It's a volcano that that is about to erupt....more info
  • The Rainn Man Rocks!
    I loved this movie, as it was such a blast from the past. The 1980s that is. It is such a unique movie, as most comedies lately are either about breaking up or making a porno (both being good topics). But I liked the combo of visual and dialogue driven humor. I had heard it was "pretty good" from a friend, but I liked it more than "pretty much."
    The summary is the story of a drummer in an 80s metal band, who ends up getting the axe - not the guitar either. Years later, he gets a shot at regaining stardom, but he is such a goof by then. Either way, it made me reminesce about old CRUE concerts. If you like this one, and you are from the 80s rock era, you may want to also check out The Lather Effect on dvd....more info
  • Let the Music Play
    "The Rocker" is a surprisingly enjoyable movie, with engaging performances, jokes that are suited for the material, and a fairly solid premise. I was consistently interested in what was going on, and I actually cared about the characters. In a sense, it's like a sports movie, in which we root for the heroes to fight the good fight and emerge victorious. I'm hard pressed to say it was any better than it wanted to be, however. Had this story been told dramatically, it probably would have been much more powerful; the rise to fame is not without its turmoil, especially when the celebrities are teenagers. The idea of an adult drummer leading a teenage rock band from the garage to the arena is full of emotionally charged possibilities. Many of them weren't explored because "The Rocker" was made as a comedy. But that's okay. It still works.

    The story begins in 1986, just as a popular heavy metal band called Vesuvias finishes a gig in Cleveland. Despite their success, the drummer, Robert "Fish" Fishman (Rainn Wilson), is unceremoniously kicked out of the band. He swears that he'll make it no matter what, but when we flash forward twenty years, it's clear that things haven't worked out as planned; Fish spends his days doing the tasks of a soul-crushing desk job. When he's fired for unruly behavior (namely attacking a coworker for playing the new Vesuvias album), he's forced to leave his apartment and move in with his disapproving sister, Lisa (Jane Lynch), her thrill-seeking husband, Stan (Jeff Garlin), and their quarrelsome children, Violet (Samantha Weinstein) and Matt (Josh Gad). Matt and his high school friends Amelia (Emma Stone) and Curtis (Teddy Geiger) have formed a rock band called A.D.D.; after weeks of trying, they will finally have their first gig at the prom.

    But there's a problem: the drummer was suspended from school and grounded by his mother. With little resources available, and with only one day to go until the gig, Matt asks Fish if he would be willing to once again pick up his drumsticks. Fish accepts, and when prom night arrives, everything goes smoothly. At least, it does at first; things go wrong when Fish ruins A.D.D.'s rendition of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes." When the smoke clears, everyone decides to give Fish another chance, but only if he can get them another gig. Then comes the night all four members practice with each other via webcams--Fish, not realizing the device on his laptop is a camera and not a microphone, sits completely naked at his drum set. "Hello, YouTube," says Violet maliciously, watches everything on her computer.

    Before anyone knows it, the video known as "The Naked Drummer" is an Internet sensation. It isn't long before a scummy L.A. agent named David Marshall (Jason Sudeikis) enters with promises of fame and fortune. Thus begins A.D.D.'s Midwest tour, in which they open for other various bands. Hopefully, this will pave the way to more serious venues, maybe even their first solo gig. Of course, nothing like this can happen without some trouble along the way; Fish, hoping to loosen up the other members, encourages reckless behavior, like destroying hotel rooms and attending wild parties (by some miracle, the issue of alcohol never comes up). While all the parents recognize that Fish is a bad influence, Curtis' mother, Kim (Christina Applegate), believes that the kids should follow their hearts. She volunteers to stay with the band for the rest of the tour to keep an eye on things.

    At a certain point in the film, Fish is faced with a very tough decision. I won't reveal what it is, but I will say it creates the first real rift between him and the rest of the band. The question is raised: Was Fish always meant for a life of rock and roll, or is he just a sloppy, irresponsible dreamer that refuses to grow up? One could ask the same thing about most music superstars, which is why it's almost impossible to get an answer. Some are famous because they got lucky while other have actual talent. It seems that everyone in A.D.D. is talented enough: Fish certainly knows his way around a drum set; Amelia's good with a guitar, and Matt can really work a synthesizer; Curtis is a natural songwriter, although one wonders if he'll ever get past his abandonment issues. His father left him when he was only four, and he's been brooding about it ever since.

    If this movie is, in fact, giving us a message, then it's probably the most obvious one we can think of: we have to do what we love and not let anyone stand in the way. We're also told about sticking together no matter what, since a band is essentially like a family. In this case, it's a family that doesn't want to "grow up"; they want to eat, breathe, and sleep music without becoming corporate-run zombies that sit behind desks staring at computer screens. Fish suffered that fate for twenty years, making a living but not being alive. All he wanted was to have a good time, and he finds that passion once again helping his nephew's band. The movie itself shares that same passion for fun, which is a nice change from some of the raunchier immature comedies released over the past couple of months ("Step Brothers" and "Drillbit Taylor" come to mind). "The Rocker" is funny without being excessive, and it actually tells us a story we can believe in. While it wasn't made as a drama, there are moments that are a bit more thoughtful in their approach. The fact that the filmmakers knew when to let the humor simmer down tells me they took their work seriously....more info
  • DVD
    This is such a fun movie that will keep you laughing. I'm glad I decided to give it a try. ...more info
  • okay not great
    parts of this kind of rminded me of school of rock i think jack black could of made it a sequal or make it oen of his student he tought telling hter musical story or say he was a cousin of jack black charectre it hougth it could of been a sequal it to me was not tht funny a few chcukles, i liked the music i like the first 10 minutes hwo crazy the guy was but thought part of it could of been better it wasnt terrible nor great just good...more info
  • Living the Rock 'n' Roll Dream
    The Rocker speaks to all those who want to live out their rock `n' roll dream of making it big, and playing in front of a huge crowd. At times you get a sense where the film is heading, and can predict some parts, especially towards the end, but it is a very engaging and light-hearted comedy about fame, loyalty, and, of course, rock. What was refreshing was that there wasn't an overabundance of profanity or crudeness in a film that could have easily gone that route; instead, the film's comedy relies more on great lines from its main character "Fish" and parody-like situations with the band. Comparisons between The Rocker and School of Rock seem to abound in the reviews, and Rainn Wilson seems to bring the same energy to this role as Jack Black did in School of Rock, but I thought this was the better of the two films.

    The film's premise: After Vesuvius' show before a Cleveland crowd in 1986, the band decides to drop drummer Robert Fishman ("Fish") in hopes of their shot at big-time fame. Twenty years later, Fish is spurned by Vesuvius' popularity and fame as one of the greatest bands ever, and bitterly contemplates what could have been as he works in his cubicle while coworkers listen to Vesuvius. After being fired, Fish's nephew offers him a chance to play with them in a school prom, and Fish begins to realize that this might be his new-found chance at realizing his long lost dreams. His new band, A.D.D., begins to make waves in the music scene after sudden YouTube fame, and with their scumbag hipster agent (played by Saturday Night Live's Jason Sudeikis) they make their way up to the top and the eventual chance to play in front of a Cleveland crowd. However, there is a catch to this opportunity for Fish. He has a big dilemma: does he choose his pride, or loyalty?

    Overall, this is quite an enjoyable and funny film. There are some laugh out loud scenes, and the casting for the various roles is fantastic. It is funny enough to be engaging, yet not too over the top to make one disgusted. Among other stars in the film are Christina Appelgate as one of the band member's moms and Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen as one of the members of Vesuvius. Rainn Wilson really brings an exceptional amount of humor to his role. Another great aspect of this comedy is that you seem to care, and root, for the main character along the way.

    Great film for the rocker in all of us!
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  • Not bad, but I wouldn't go out of my way to watch it again.
    I have to say I'm not surprised by this movie at all. The previews made it seem dumb, and it pretty much turned out to fulfill that premonition. Having said that's, it's not terrible like I thought it would be, it's just isn't really good either. A lot of the jokes are really stupid, especially the physical humor stuff. There's nothing wrong with physical comedy but this is Date Movie or Epic Movie level stuff, complete trash and filler that just makes me want to turn it off. There is some charm to be found here, but it can be hard to find through all of the mediocre and lame jokes. Rainn Wilson pretty much carries the movie, without him it probably would have been crap. The fat curly haired kid provides plenty of awkward moments, but it's not funny awkward, just weird awkward. It has it's moments, but overall the movie is a little lacking and too reliant on slapstick humor to make me really ever consider watching it again....more info
  • ROCK ON!
    THE ROCKER releases this week and offers a world where dreams come true. Passed over when it was released, never making the ranks of quality films for most critics, it offers nothing less than what most viewers are looking for. Pure entertainment, fun and a chance to escape the mundane world we all live in. Unfortunately, that is not what most critics look for in a movie. Their loss.

    Rainn Wilson of TV's THE OFFICE stars as Robert "Fish" Fishman, the drummer for heavy metal hair band Vesuvius as the film opens in 1988. The band has just been offered the big time if they will only dump their wild man drummer. The temptation is too great and after a hilarious dumping, the band heads to the big time and Fish heads to 20 years of drudgery.

    After losing his job, getting dropped by his girlfriend and having to endure the success of his former band mates, Fish retires to his sister's home until he can find work. His high school age nephew Matt (Josh Gad) plays in a band of his own with several friends called A.D.D. When their drummer gets suspended and grounded, they find themselves in need of a drummer. Unable to find one on short notice, they elect Fish.

    All doesn't go well but eventually they begin working together. Songwriter-singer Curtis (Teddy Geiger) comes up with dynamite lyrics that Fish finds amazing. Bass player and attitude champion Amelia (Emma Stone) broods and pines for Curtis but never lets on. Matt dreams of losing his insecurity and meeting a girl. Things would be back to normal with the exception that Matt's brat sister puts in motion a video that will change their lives.

    Matt has a 4 way online video conference hook up allowing the band to practice at home in their rooms. Non-tech savvy Fish practices in the buff and once the video hits online, The Naked Drummer gets tons of hits as well as the attention of a record company.

    With the offer to record and then tour, things seem to be going great for both the band and Fish. The band because a young, fresh sound gets the chance to be heard. Fish because he now has a second chance to make his dream come true.

    But that dream comes with a price. Still trapped in his youthful ideas of the rock and roll lifestyle, Fish attempts to get the kids to be the bad boys (and girl) of rock. But they just want to relax and play X Box after a gig. A few weeks on the road and the bands parents are required to bail them out of jail led by Curtis' mom Kim (Christina Applegate). The only way they will allow the tour to continue is if she goes along as well. Hello mom.

    A smarmy record exec tries to put members of the band against one another, tries to shape them into something they are not and in general screws things up between this extended family. The result is Fish dumping the rocker lifestyle, cutting his hair and taking a responsible job. The band suffers with his loss. And eventually they come around to bringing him back in the fold.

    The only problem is that as popular as they've become, their next big opportunity is to open up for Vesuvius at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Can Fish put aside his grievances with the old band? Can A.D.D. remain on top? Watch and see!

    There are a lot of clich¨¦s in this film. The characters are pat ones. Wilson does a goofball like most actors these days resulting to gross out humor. But it doesn't matter! The film plays for laughs, for fun, for entertainment. Along the way Wilson's character adopts a fatherly attitude towards Curtis, offering great advice he never seems to be able to apply to himself. It makes Fish seem not only the wild man but an endearing soul as well.

    This is by no means a movie to make others pale in comparison. It is not a classic that will be treasured forever. Oddly enough, I don't think anyone involved ever intended it to be so. So why do critics, written and couch bound alike, choose to hurl insults and disgust at it? Because its not art. Tough luck. Rather than seek art in a film like this, sit back and enjoy the moment. Who knows, you might end up having a good time.
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