All-star lineup? Check. Heavy metal classics from the likes of Twisted Sister, Guns N Roses, and Def Leppard? Check. A feel-good film that brings Broadway to the silver screen? You got it: check. “Rock of Ages,” the film adaptation of jukebox stage production of the same name, combines laughs, love, and your favorite 1980s anthems into a two-hour experience that’ll leave you singing — and smiling — along.
“Dancing With The Stars” two-time champ Julianne Hough stars as Sherrie, the sights-set-on-Hollywood sweetheart from Oklahoma with dreams of making it big out west. She quickly falls for, Drew (Diego Boneta), aspiring-singer-cum-busboy at famed Sunset Strip mainstay, The Bourbon Room. The flick tracks their romance and aspirations while Bourbon Room owner Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin) calls on rock god Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise), to help raise enough money to save the venue from shutting its legendary doors for good. What Drew mistakes for a tryst between Sherrie and his idol Jaxx sends his love life, and budding music career, into a whirlwind, while tracks like “I Wanna Rock,” “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” and “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” set the score.
Rounding out the cast are Paul Giamatti as Jaxx’s money-grubbing manager Paul Gill; Catherine Zeta-Jones as Patricia Whitmore, Los Angeles’ seemingly perfect first lady who heads the anti-Bourbon Room campaign; Russell Brand as Lonny Barnett, Dupree’s right-hand man; Mary J. Blige as Justice Charlier, the gentlemen’s club owner who comes to Sherrie’s rescue; and Malin Åkerman as reporter Constance Sack, who has enough panache to set Jaxx and his philandering, bad boy ways, straight.
While some critics have labeled the film as kitschy and others claim the story line isn’t parallel to the stage version, we’ve got to label it a Glam go. It’s fun, engaging, and guaranteed to bring back memories of your own rebellious teen years. Plus, who wouldn’t want to see a shirtless Cruise belt out “Pour Some Sugar On Me?” And yes, he and the rest of the cast, sing their own tunes. Check out the trailer below, then head over to iTunes or Amazon for the stellar soundtrack.