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    Rock Of Ages Brings Back The Big 80'S


    We were huge fans of 'The Big 80's', from the hair to the clothes (I had a Miami Vice Jacket) and especially the music, from the 'new wave era' to the 'hair bands'. So this film was a natural for us.


    It came in third place for the weekend at about $16M. I think the issue was despite the all-star ensemble cast, if you are under 30 you cant relate to this era, and if you are over 55 you most likely hated the decade lol.


    And Tom Cruise is out of his element here, he is too old to play a 80's rock star. And his stage name is down right dumb: 'Stacee Jaxx'...They could not have thought of a better name for a 'rocker' lol ???


    The film stars country singer Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta with that ensemble cast that includes Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Malin Åkerman, Bryan Cranston, with Alec Baldwin and Mary J. Blige.


    The film featured the music of Bon Jovi, Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, Whitesnake, Night Ranger, Twisted Sister, REO Speedwagon, Mary J. Blige and Pat Benatar.


    Our favorites were Foreigner and Journey. Remember, this is a musical - not a concert film. The actors actually did a good job with singing their own cover versions of the tunes.


    The plotline is weak, it's the story of a small town girl Sherrie from Oklahoma and the city boy Drew in Los Angeles, who meet on the Sunset Strip in 1987.


    They both have dreams of becoming singing and rock stars, their rock 'n' roll romance is told thru the hits of the famous bands that ruled the decade of excess.


    Grade: B+ for 80's fans...C for non fans...

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