Rock Star

Directed by Stephen Herek
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston, Dominic West, Timothy Spall.
MPAA Rating: R for language, sexuality and some drug content.

Review by Eugene Kopman <eugene@filmhead.com>
October 4, 2001

This may sound like a cliché, but this is a movie for anyone who ever wanted to be famous. But this movie is actually enjoyable with good performances and a killer rock 'n' roll soundtrack ranging from Bon Jovi to Kiss to Mötley Crüe. The music is a big plus for this movie.

The plot: Chris Cole (Mark Wahlberg) is a singer in a cover band of a heavy metal British band called Steel Dragon. Not only does he sing all their songs, but also he idolizes Bobby Beers (Jason Flemyng), the lead singer of the band. Chris dresses, behaves and even pierces his nipple because Bobby did so. The problem is, Chris takes this cover-band thing way too seriously and is eventually kicked out. While his girlfriend/manager Emily Poule (Jennifer Aniston) tries to make him feel better, Chris gets a call from Kirk Cuddy (Dominic West), the lead guitarist for Steel Dragon, who wants Chris to audition as the new lead singer. We find out that Bobby Beers is being kicked out because he apparently is gay. Chris makes the cut and is now known as Izzy. Chris and Emily start touring with Steel Dragon. However, this is when the problems begin.

Rock Star (originally titled Metal God) is actually the story of Judas Priest. The studios changed all the dates and names to not get sued, but if anyone ever saw the VH1's "Behind the Music" on them, you'd know. This movie actually opened and closed as a "Behind the Music" episode, which was a nice twist.

The reason why I like this movie is because it also focuses on the dark side of rock and lets people know that it is very hard to keep a relationship when you have women practically throwing themselves at you.

With very strong performances from Wahlberg, Aniston and the entire supporting cast, this is a fun movie that was actually done pretty well. The only thing I didn't like about this film is that it had a typical Hollywood ending. If you had seen it, you'd understand, but go see it and understand that being a rock star is harder than it looks.

Pet Peeve: Those damn extras! Some stupid, little insignificant extra, during a scene at a club, when his job was to dance behind Jennifer Aniston, he decided to show off to his friends and looked directly into the camera. YOU NEVER LOOK INTO THE CAMERA! This is not really his fault, but that of the director, Stephen Herek, for not noticing it. If I ever did that on the set of any film on which I was an extra, I would get fired. There, I'm done.


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