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The Rocker

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(No longer in theaters)
  • Rating: PG-13 — for drug and sexual references, nudity and language
  • Director: Peter Cattaneo   Cast: Rainn Wilson, Christina Applegate, Teddy Geiger, Josh Gad, Emma Stone
  • Running Time: 102 minutes
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Shawn Levy


Fox Atomic

Release Date

Aug 20, 2008

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With a half-decent climax, the go-for-it parody The Rocker would have been pretty good bordering on good instead of just okay. Its appeal rests on Rainn Wilson, of NBC’s The Office, a large, misshapen fellow whose features swim in the middle of his big face and whose movements are the opposite of fluid. He plays Fish, a drummer unjustly chucked out of a heavy-metal band that went on to superstardom who now has another shot with a group of high-school kids. I liked a lot of The Rocker (Christina Applegate, as the mother of the group’s lead singer, is blessedly grounded), but it’s depressing when the best thing you can say about a comedy is that its second-rateness is pleasantly in sync with its unmagnetic hero.