Based on the stage musical, Rock of Ages tells a very familiar tale of dreamy–eyed hopefuls coming to L.A. in the late ‘80s to make it big in the music scene. They converge on a “Whisky A Go Go”–like rock nightclub priding itself on sex, alcohol and rock ‘n’ roll, and rock hits are strung together to tell the story. The decadence is punctuated by the presence of a Rock God (Tom Cruise) who symbolizes the decline of rock and the seeming end of an era… yet the music lives on. Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta play the lovestruck leads.
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Though rated PG–13, Rock of Ages is filled with the type of bacchanalian behavior that typifies the rock scene. ClearPlay takes out about 50 instances of language, but gets its biggest workout trimming orgiastic goings–on including backstage hookups, exotic dancing, and other lewd references. The movie still glamorizes the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, and skimpy or tight clothing is the norm, so impressionable youth probably aren’t the best audience.
Is Rock of Ages timeless or dated?…
If you can’t get enough Journey, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and Twisted Sister, Rock of Ages may be your cup of bourbon. The story is hackneyed and predictable, and feels a bit like watching a really long Whitesnake video. Though it’s played for laughs, it’s mildly amusing at best.
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Rated PG-13 for language, some drug use and brief sexuality ; 114 minn; Directed By Alex Kurtzman