Movie Review: Rock of Ages Is Fun, Fun, Fun

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Rock of Ages, the new comedy starring everyone and their mami (Seriously, the all-star cast includes Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Alec Baldwin), opens in theaters on Friday, June 15 and it’s quite possibly the most fun you’ll have at the movies this summer.

The film, directed by Adam Shankman, is a non-stop musical comedy adventure that follows cutie Diego Boneta’s character Drew and Sherrie (Julianne Hough) as they fall in love while trying to live out their dreams of making it in 1980s Hollywood. To make ends meet, Drew and Sherrie work at The Bourbon, a seedy club on the Sunset Strip that's down on its luck. The club’s owners, Dennis & Lonny (Alec Baldwin & Russell Brand), started the career of one of rock music’s biggest acts, Stacee Jax (Tom Cruise), who’s agreed to play his last show with a band there before going solo. Meanwhile, Patricia Whitmore (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and her politician husband are trying to shut down The Bourbon and all the clubs like it on the strip -- not to mention rock 'n roll music in general.

What ensues for 123 minutes is musical comedy genius, the kind you fell in love with watching Glee during its first (and arguably best) season. Sure, the characters break out into song at a moment’s notice, but even your guy won’t mind, because the music is made up of legendary rock songs like “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, “I Wanna Rock” and outstanding mashups like “We Built This City/We’re Not Gonna Take It”.

The movie is laugh-out-loud funny the entire way through, with Tom Cruise giving one of the funniest performances of his career. Also making his mark (and making us proud) is Mexican actor/singer Diego Boneta, who carries the film with Hough in what will surely be breakout roles for both of them.

Rock of Ages opens in theaters June 15. Check out the trailer below, then tell us if you’re excited to see the film in the comments.


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