The story of a small town girl, Sherrie and city boy, Drew, who both meet in Hollywood, pursuing their dreams of stardom. Working at the famous rock club, the Bourbon room, these two fall madly in love with each other, but will the possibility of fame and fortune end up tearing them apart? Rock of Ages is a shameless musical which fully takes advantage of nearly every 80's Rock'n'Roll hit from Def Leppard to REO Speedwagon. The narrative is wildly predictable and the performances by both Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta leave something to be desired for sure, but the bottom line is if you like the music, you will find this film a lot of fun. Sure it's totally shameless and at first I found it a little insulting to all the bands, but I can't deny that I found myself enthralled every time another great 80's rock ballad started up. Regardless of the shortcomings of the two leads, they are wisely surrounded by lots of great actors like Paul Giamatti, as a greed talent manager, and Tom Cruise, as rock god Stacee Jaxx, among others who really save the film when the music isn't blasting. For all the generic bits and predictability of the story, this film is pretty damn fun, with the supporting actors like Tom Cruise, Giammati, and Alec Baldwin really stealing the show. It's kinda funny because, none of the scenes involving the two leads alone are at all memorable. While entertaining, I found Catherine Zeta Jones character to be wildly unnecessary to the story, and quite frankly out of place. Even with all it's narrative flaws, the bottom line is, if you like 80s rock ballads, there is no reason you shouldn't have a good time.
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