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Rock Star

MPAA Rating: R for language, sexuality and some drug content
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Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Music Comedy
1 hr. 45 min.
Year of Release:
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.
…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…
…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!