The Rocker

The Rocker (2008)

The Rocker
5.7/10 by 189 users

Rob "Fish" Fishman is the drummer in '80s hair metal band Vesuvius. He's unceremoniously booted as the group signs a big record deal, is out of the music world for 20 years - and then receives a second chance with his nephew's band.

Release Date:August 20, 2008
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Genres:Comedy, Music
Production Company:Fox Atomic
Production Countries:United States of America
Director:Peter Cattaneo
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Plot Keywords:1970s, drums, groupie, musical, rock, heavy metal, headbanging
  • Comedy - for laughs - not irony or sarcasm - and all the better for it.
    December 28, 2008

    This was the biggest surprise of the year - bar none.

    A great comedy - as in laughs, feel good, and just plain enjoyable.

    The plot of the loser who makes good at rock'n'roll second time around is very Jack Black and Rainn Wilson does a GREAT job - there is no recourse to gross or sarcastic humor here - rather it plays on its rock roots, chucks in some stupidity, and some kick-ass tunes, and lots of excellent one liners and like I say totally surprised us as to how genuinely funny and warm-hearted this is.

    Great cast and a great script - sure it's not perfect, but after all the pseudo-comedy and angst of 2008 it was refreshing just to sit back and enjoy an entertaining movie.

    we loved it and are normally really cynical about comedies - but this rocks and would recommend to anyone as a real effort by all involved to stop being smarter than the audience and just enjoy life - in two and a half words? - it rocks!