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Rock Star

MPAA Rating: R for language, sexuality and some drug content
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Moviemaking Quality:
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Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Music Comedy
Length:
1 hr. 45 min.
Year of Release:
2001
USA Release:
September 7, 2001
Relevant Issues
Mark Wahlberg in Rock Star
Featuring: Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston, Dominic West, Timothy Spall, Timothy Olyphant
Director: Stephen Herek
Producer: Robert Lawrence, Toby Jaffe, George Clooney, Steven Reuther
Distributor: Warner Brothers

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: (from the producer) The true, if loosely-based, story of “Ripper” Owens, the office supply salesman who replaced Rob Halford in the heavy metal band Judas Priest in 1996. Owens moonlights as a singer for the cover band Blood Pollution, until the heavy metal act Steel Dragon recruits him for a full time position.

Movie Critics
…explicit [sexually related dialogue]…sensual dancing, woman on woman kissing… a living room is full of partially nude bodies of both sexes sprawled everywhere… etc.
—ScreenIt!
…14 F-words… many obscene hand gestures (in one instance simultaneously by a crowd of people), 21 scatological terms… 2 religious profanities, 5 religious exclamations…
—Kids-in-Mind
…The overall message is that the sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll lifestyle is empty and destructive, but not unappealing, for a short time anyway…
—Nell Minow, The Movie Mom
…an alloy of love story, period piece and backstage satire that doesn’t quite shine on any level…
—Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Viewer Comments
Having been in various secular rock bands before I became a Christian in ’82, I found this movie to be a fairly accurate account of what life can be like on the road as a musician. At the beginning of the movie I even had a twinge of regret at not continuing on with that life but as the movie progressed, I realized what a horribly empty, purposeless existence it really was and I became very thankful that God pulled me out of the “grime” and set me on the solid “rock”! I was glad to see that “Izzie” also realized the emptiness of it all and walked away from it which was a redeeming part of the movie! This is not a movie for people who are easily offended by language and sexual situations and if you hate heavy metal music—Stay Away! However, it’s a very accurate portrayal of this lifestyle and made me realize once again how blessed I am to be married to a wonderful Christian woman and have great family life!
My Ratings: [Very Offensive / 4]
—Bob Sprenger, age 48
Sorry to say, I watched this movie. I saw the previews a couple times and thought it might be good but I should have checked this movie out more. I didn’t know what I was really going to see. I’m ashamed that I watched this movie. This movie portrayed what I believe to be what really goes on in the secular music industry. it’s about a guy that has a “cover” band and does only songs from a band that he has always admired, “The Steel Dragons”. His dream comes true and he’s the lead singer of that band. His girlfriend, Jennifer Aniston accompanies him on tour for a while and decides that isn’t the life for her. The first show that he does, after the concert he gets “initiated” to the band at a club surrounded by women. (This movie portrays women to be sex objects like I’ve never seen before and treated like they are just a piece of meat). There aren’t really any sex scenes but there is enough to be seen by the dancing in a club. The guy and his girlfriend are dancing with many people and they wake up with different people surrounded in a room full of women. There is also plenty of bare chest scenes as well in this movie. It disgusted me! Please don’t go see this movie. it’s defiling and filthy!
—Amy