Rock of Ages

The hit Broadway play featuring ’80s hair rock comes to the big screen courtesy of director Adam Shankman (Hairspray), and the results are a mixed bag. Tom Cruise is amazing as jaded rock-star Stacee Jaxx, a role that affords Cruise the opportunity to sing—and sing well. He belts out songs like “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Wanted Dead or Alive” with such authority, it’s a wonder we haven’t heard this guy singing sooner. Julianne Hough is so-so in the typical girl-moves-to-big-city-to-make-it-big role. The other members of the cast, including Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones, all have fun singing crap songs. The movie is overlong, and not too bright, yet it’s enjoyable whenever Cruise takes over.

Credits

Director:

  • Adam Shankman

Cast:

  • Julianne Hough
  • Diego Boneta
  • Russell Brand
  • Paul Giamatti
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • Malin Akerman
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Bryan Cranston
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Tom Cruise
  • Will Forte
  • Erica Frene
  • Angelo Valderrama

Producers:

  • Matthew Weaver
  • Scott Prisand
  • Carl Levin
  • Tobey Maguire
  • Garrett Grant
  • Jennifer Gibgot
  • Toby Emmerich
  • Richard Brener
  • Michael Disco
  • Samuel Brown
  • Hillary Weaver
  • Janet Rich
  • Adam Shankman
  • Chris D'Arienzo

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