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"ROCK OF AGES"
(2012) (Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Mild
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes None
Gun/Weapons Mild
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Minor
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) Heavy
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Minor
Tense Family Scenes Minor
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Mild


QUICK TAKE:
Musical: A young man and woman chase their dreams of becoming professional singers while working at a notorious Los Angeles night club where a legendary rocker is set to perform.
PLOT:
It's 1987 and Sherrie Christian (JULIANNE HOUGH) has arrived in Los Angeles from Oklahoma with a suitcase of records in her hand and the dream of making it big as a singer in her heart. But when her suitcase is stolen, she ends up meeting busboy Drew Boley (DIEGO BONETA) who gets her a job at the Bourbon Club where he works and also dreams of being a singer-songwriter.

Owner Dennis Dupree (ALEC BALDWIN) and club manager Lonny Barnett (RUSSELL BRAND) have seen their kind come and go, but they're distracted by the fact that famous rocker Stacee Jaxx (TOM CRUISE) -- who got his start at the club -- will play his last act there with his band before going solo. His manager, Paul Gill (PAUL GIAMATTI), has arranged that along with an interview with Rolling Stone reporter Constance Sack (MALIN AKERMAN), unaware that she's going to confront the rocker about his reputation and living off his fame rather than creating anything new.

Drew and Sherrie soon become an item, but when he mistakenly thinks she slept with Stacee, he breaks it off and she quits working there and takes a job working for Justice Charlier (MARY J. BLIGE) at her gentleman's club, first as a waitress and then an exotic dancer. It's that sort of place but particularly the Bourbon Club that's in the crosshairs of Patricia Whitmore (CATHERINE ZETA-JONES), wife to Mayor Mike Whitmore (BRYAN CRANSTON). Patricia wants to clean up the streets and her actions worry Dennis, particularly since his club is already facing financial difficulties.

As all of that plays out, Drew tries to continue with his budding musical career, but must not only contend with related disappointments, but also the fact that he still has a thing for Sherrie.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
It's possible, especially if they're into movie musicals, 1980s rock, and/or are fans of anyone in the cast.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For sexual content, suggestive dancing, some heavy drinking, and language.


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