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Rated PG-13 · 123 minutes · 2012

Musical
The homogenized comic adventures of a new girl in late-1980s Hollywood (squeaky-clean Julianne Hough) and her wannabe rocker boyfriend (ditto Diego Boneta) get the safe, direct-from-Broadway treatment from Adam Shankman, who also directed the screen musical version of Hairspray. But there are diversions. Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand are a riot as the “business partners” at the Bourbon Club, as is Paul Giamatti in the role of a sleazy showbiz hustler. Best musical guest: Mary J. Blige, boss of a Sunset Strip pole-dancing club. Most awkward more-than-cameo: Tom Cruise as a stubby, aging rock idol – every time he’s in shot the action slows to a crawl. The real savior of the show is the roster of vintage hard-rock hits by such bands as Journey, Def Leppard, Foreigner, and REO Speedwagon, reworked by the cast, who reportedly did their own singing. Also notable: Malin Akerman as a star-struck rockscribe and Catherine Zeta-Jones as the mayor’s wife, a repressed anti-rock crusader. Justin Theroux, Allan Loeb, and Chris D’Arienzo adapted the screenplay from D’Arienzo’s stage musical. (123 min.)
Official Site: rockofagesmovie.warnerbros.com
Director: Adam Shankman
Producer: Matthew Weaver, Scott Prisand, Carl Levin, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Grant, Jennifer Gibgot, Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, Samuel Brown, Hillary Weaver, Janet Rich, Adam Shankman and Chris D'Arienzo
Cast: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, Bryan Cranston, Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise, Will Forte, Erica Frene and Angelo Valderrama

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