Rock Star

Rock Star

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Director: Stephen Herek

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston, Timothy Olyphant

     
 

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Loosely inspired by the true story of the heavy metal band Judas Priest, this music industry fable from director Stephen Herek is based on a script by actor-turned-writer/director John Stockwell. Mark Wahlberg stars as Chris Cole, a wannabe rock star who works by day as a copy machine repairman and by night as the lead singer of Blood Pollution, a Pennsylvania tribute… See more details below

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Loosely inspired by the true story of the heavy metal band Judas Priest, this music industry fable from director Stephen Herek is based on a script by actor-turned-writer/director John Stockwell. Mark Wahlberg stars as Chris Cole, a wannabe rock star who works by day as a copy machine repairman and by night as the lead singer of Blood Pollution, a Pennsylvania tribute band that imitates the best-selling heavy metal rockers of Steel Dragon. Although he's supported by his girlfriend Emily (Jennifer Aniston), Chris is devastated when his friends kick him out of the band he founded. His humiliation doesn't last long, however, as Chris soon learns that he's been tapped to replace the lead singer of Steel Dragon, literally becoming a rock star overnight. Chris soon has everything he's ever wanted but is disappointed to discover that being a superstar isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Rock Star was produced under two other titles, "Metal God" and "So You Want to Be a Rock Star."

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
High-spirited and boisterous, this paean to heavy metal and its adherents has a sober and dramatic side, which director Stephen Herek (Mr. Holland's Opus) presents with insight and verisimilitude. Top-billed Mark Wahlberg, portraying a penniless tribute-band vocalist who becomes the lead singer of the British rock group he worships, brings to his character the same wide-eyed naiveté he exhibited as the blooming porn star of Boogie Nights. Gifted, ambitious, and sweet, Wahlberg's Chris Cole achieves astonishing success, succumbs to almost irresistible temptations, and nearly self-destructs in the process. Jennifer Aniston lends admirable support in the carefully developed role of Wahlberg's loyal girlfriend, who watches helplessly as the group's enormous success and outlandish lifestyle gradually overwhelm their relationship. British actor Timothy Spall is particularly good as the band's worldly-wise road manager, whose slovenly exterior affords no clue that he's a perceptive realist who's seen it all before. Director Herek captures rock stardom's decadent pleasures -- sex, drugs, ego massage, and even outright worship -- and brings the viewer smack-dab into the middle of this grandiose and ridiculous world. Rock Star occasionally falls back on rags-to-riches clichés, but Herek's outstanding helmsmanship, Wahlberg's carefully calibrated performance, and a dynamic soundtrack make it one of the year's most satisfying popcorn movies. Herek and writer John Stockwell supply a full-length commentary for the DVD, which also includes a making-of featurette, outtakes, and music videos.
All Movie Guide
As VH1's Behind the Music upgraded the status of hair bands like Def Leppard and Bon Jovi from public embarrassment to source of nostalgia, the appetite grew for a movie like Rock Star. Director Stephen Herek doesn't disappoint in this first mainstream attempt to cast pop metal as a modern period piece, using equal parts Almost Famous, A Star Is Born, and This Is Spinal Tap for a likable, if superficial brew. Herek proves himself as much a fan of rock bravura as a critic of its shallowness, perfectly capturing trademark elements like the overblown sets and the interchangeable lead singers. Mark Wahlberg, playing another naif run through the glamorous wringer in a decade-defining epic (see Boogie Nights), has the natural swagger to pull off the role effortlessly -- even if his own musical roots were in popular hip-hop, a fact teased during the closing credits. Jennifer Aniston is a little too self-aware to seem like a real rock chick, but she displays far greater subtlety than one would expect from a television actress, elevating the role above obviousness. Most of the supporting performances, including a superlative Timothy Spall, also reflect enough nuance to avoid cliché. The film offers all the formulaic moments one would expect, but that doesn't make it any less fun to see hotel furniture glued to the ceiling and other apocryphal moments yanked from rock biographies. The fact that Steel Dragons is comprised of real musicians from that era, composing and performing new and utterly believable anthems, adds to the authenticity. The end shift to Seattle even previews the 1990s in a way that's simultaneously earnest and tongue-in-cheek -- very much like these metal gods themselves.
New York Times - A.O. Scott
Has enough wit and insight to make it worth watching.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2012
UPC:
0883929247912
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Wahlberg Chris Cole
Jennifer Aniston Emily Poule
Timothy Olyphant Rob
Jason Flemyng Bobby Beers
Timothy Spall Mats
Brian Vander Ark Actor,Singer
Jason Bonham A. C.
Nick Catanese Actor
Dagmara Dominczyk Tania
Blas Elias Actor
Matthew Glave Joe Jr.
Beth Grant Mrs. Cole
Rachel Hunter Actor
Stephan Jenkins Bradley
Heidi Mark Kirk's Wife
Jeff Pilson Actor
Dominic West Kirk Cuddy
Michael Shamus Wiles Mr. Cole
Zakk Wylde Actor
Peter Beckett Singer
Desmond Child Singer
Sammy Hagar Singer
Steve Plunkett Singer
Jay Popoff Singer
Twiggy Ramirez Singer
Jeremy Topan Singer

Technical Credits
Stephen Herek Director
Ueli Steiger Cinematographer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer
Mayne Berke Production Designer
Trevor Rabin Score Composer
John Stockwell Screenwriter
Michael Fottrell Co-producer
Trudy Ship Editor
George Clooney Executive Producer
Mike Ockrent Executive Producer
Steven E. Reuther Executive Producer
Budd Carr Musical Direction/Supervision
Toby Jaffe Producer
Robert Lawrence Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rock Star
1. Nailing It [3:55]
2. Livin' the Life [1:59]
3. Stand Up Concert [2:29]
4. Battling Bands [2:29]
5. Big Brother [2:44]
6. "I'm in a Band" [1:21]
7. Pierced (Are You Ready) [2:00]
8. Get a Grip (Stand Up) [6:18]
9. Where the Talent is [3:57]
10. Someone Else's Lines [2:29]
11. Cuddy Calling [4:18]
12. Dragon Lair [6:09]
13. Audition [3:02]
14. Vocal Secret [2:33]
15. Coronation [2:44]
16. Bloody Blood Pollution [4:00]
17. Living Proof [2:30]
18. Good Time Allowed [7:15]
19. Wake Up [2:50]
20. Rock Star's Girls [3:55]
21. See You in Seattle [3:36]
22. Live the Life [4:27]
23. "We're Done" [5:25]
24. Steel Dragon Thing [3:43]
25. Wife Story [4:03]
26. Stand Up. . . and Exit [5:11]
27. His Own Music [4:48]
28. Outtake End Credits [5:36]

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