The Rocker

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"Opportunity rocks."
  • PG-13
  • 2008
  • 1 hr 42 min
  • 6.2  (40,123)
  • 53

The Rocker is a comedy film released in 2008 that features Rainn Wilson, Josh Gad, and Christina Applegate. The movie tells the story of an aging rock drummer named Robert “Fish” Fishman who experienced his biggest failure when he was fired from his band, Vesuvius, just before they became hugely famous. After almost two decades, Fish is still living in the past, working as a repairman for a theme park and longing for his music career to take off. One day, Fish joins his nephew Matt’s band, A.D.D., and finally gets a chance to relive his glory days.

The movie opens with a flashback scene that shows how Fish’s life fell apart. He was fired from Vesuvius because of his extreme antics and excessive drumming during the band’s gig at a high school prom. The band went on to achieve great success, becoming one of the biggest rock bands of all time, while Fish was left behind to live a mediocre life. The opening sequence perfectly sets the tone of the movie, which is all about Fish getting the opportunity to live his dream again.

The plot of the movie revolves around Fish’s comeback as a rock drummer. He joins his nephew Matt’s band, A.D.D., who are struggling to make it big in the music industry. Fish becomes the drummer of the band, and his wild and free-spirited personality quickly wins over his bandmates. He acts as a mentor to them and helps them gain the confidence they need to take their music to the next level. The band starts to gain a following, and Fish’s rockstar persona attracts the attention of the media.

Fish’s character is wonderfully played by Rainn Wilson. He is hilarious, and his comedic timing is spot on. We get to see him as a man who is past his prime but still has the fire and passion that’s needed to make it big in the music industry. Josh Gad’s character as Matt, Fish’s nephew, is endearing, and we see him evolve as a person as he gets to know his uncle. Christina Applegate plays the role of Kim, the band’s manager, who is juggling her work and personal life. Kim is a strong character, and Applegate plays her with the perfect amount of sass and humor.

The humor in the movie is raunchy and irreverent, but never crude. The jokes land perfectly, and the pacing of the movie keeps the audience engaged throughout. The music in the movie is also a highlight. The soundtrack features some classic rock tunes, along with original songs composed for the movie. The movie’s theme song, “I’m Not Bitter”, is a catchy rock ballad that captures Fish’s character perfectly.

One of the movie’s strongest themes is the importance of family and relationships. Fish has been estranged from his family for years, but joining his nephew’s band helps him reconnect with them. The bond that develops between Fish, Matt, and the other band members is heartwarming and genuine. Fish’s relationship with his ex-girlfriend, played by Emma Stone, is also a highlight. They share a sweet and awkward reunion, and Stone’s performance adds an extra layer of depth to the story.

Overall, The Rocker is a light and fun movie that’s perfect for a lazy weekend. It’s not a groundbreaking movie, but it’s genuinely entertaining and features a talented cast. The movie’s themes of second chances, family, and following your dreams are relatable and heartwarming. Rainn Wilson shines as the eccentric and lovable Fish, and the supporting cast adds just the right amount of levity to the movie. The Rocker is a must-watch for anyone who loves rock music or just wants a good laugh.

The Rocker is a 2008 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 42 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2 and a MetaScore of 53.

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    6.2  (40,123)
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