Bottom Line: Based on the popular Broadway musical (including songs from Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Poison and Night Ranger to name a few), this over the top, narratively thin and exuberantly cheesy anthem to love and late 80’s hair band glam rock is, in a word, rad! Proudly waving its index and pinky finger-pronged Rock On fist to-and-fro, it’s a loud, frenzied, colorful, raucous, hot, sticky-sweet cinematic kegger…and everyone’s invited to grab a red Solo cup and chug from the fountain of fun. The willing, able and semi-musically inclined cast has an infectious blast – with Tom Cruise, as the ultimate whacked-out rock god, outrageously stealing the show. Again, with its thin story you’re not exactly being taken down to Paradise City because even this rose has a few minor thorns, but if you don’t need nothin’ but a good time – how can you resist ROCK OF AGES?!
Starring: Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Julianne Hough, Catherine Zeta Jones, Bryan Cranston, Diego Boneta, Malin Akerman and Mary J. Blige
Directed by: Adam Shankman (HAIRSPRAY)
Running time: 123 minutes
Story: Rock of Ages tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock 'n' roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake and more. (Warner Bros. Pictures)