Rock of Ages: Hairspray It's Not



Rock of Ages: Sheri and Drew

Hairspray, it's not, but if you loved the rock music of the 80's and 90's - songs from Journey, Foreigner, Def Leppard, Poison, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister, and others, than you'll appreciate Rock of Ages. 


The new Tom Cruise movie -- he stars as rock star Stacee Jaxx - is a fun movie with lots of energy and lots of love.


The new movie musical stars Julianne Hough as Sheri, a young girl fresh from Ohio, trying to realize her dreams in Los Angeles.  Mobbed on the first night in town, she meets Diego Boneta (Drew) who helps her achieve a job at the famous rock club, Bourbon.  The pair, of course, fall in love.  The club, run by an hilarious Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand, is a hot spot for LA night life but also a magnet for the new mayor (Bryan Cranston) and his prim and proper wife, Catherine Zeta Jones (Patricia) who want to shut it down. 


Rock of Ages: Tom Cruise and Malin Akerman (reporter)

Alec manages to get the very hot and very diluted Tom Cruise (Stacee Jax) and his unethical manager, Paul Giamatti to agree to a performance.  At the last minute, the opening act bails and Sheri suggests Drew and his band.  Hesitant at first, the boy performs marvelously, but is crushed seeing his girl coming out of Stacee's room.  He agrees to a contract with sleezy Paul.  It's almost like selling your soul to the devil as Paul manipulates the boy to becoming something he does not want to be. 


Desperate to forget Drew, Sheri turns to Mary J. Blige, owner of the strip joint, to help her. 


Stacee decides he's in love with Malin Akerman (the reporter from Rolling Stone) and proceeds to pursue her. 


Rock of Ages - Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand

Meanwhile, Alec and Russell have their moment as they try to save the club.


While Celina Beach (the mayor's secretary) is busy with the Mayor, his wife is out trying to bring down Stacee Jaxx with a vengeance.  


Rock of Ages: Julianne Hough (Sheri) and Diego Boneta (Drew)

With some twists and turns, nearly everyone turns out happy in the end as Drew and Sheri reunite and find their passion in their music. 


Rock of Ages: Diego Boneta

Diego Boneta was fabulous in his first feature role and the range of Tom Cruise's abilities always surprises me. 


Rock of Ages: Sheri and Mary J. Blige

Directed by Adam Shankman, who also directed Hairspray, it's New Line Cinema's feature adaptation of the smash Broadway hit of the same name.  Written by Justin Theorux, Chris D'Arienzo and Allan Loeb, it's based on D'Arienzo's original play.   The film was produced by Matthew Weaver, Scott Prisand, Carl Levin, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Grant, and Jennifer Gibgot with Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, Samuel J Brown, Hillary Butorac Weaver, Janet Billig Rich, Sharkman and D'Arienzo serving as executive producers.   The magnificent photography was done by Bojan Bazelli with production designer Jon Hutman and editor Emma E Hickox.  Beautiful costumes were designed by Rita Ryack, while Matt Sullivan supervised the music and Mia Michaels choreographed the dances.  An original score was done by Adam Anders and Peer Astrom


Rock of Ages: Tom Cruise (Stacee Jaxx) and Paul Giamatti (the manager)

On a scale of 10, I would give it an 8, for the high energy and great acting. 


Opening in theatres June 15, 2012 and rated PG-13 with qualifications for sexual content, suggestive dancing, heavy drinking and language, it's worth the toe tapping price of admission. 


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