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The Rocker Movie Review Summary

Actors: Rainn Wilson, Emma Stone, Josh Gad, Christina Applegate

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Robert Fishman, a.k.a. Fish, is the crazy drummer for the up-and-coming metal band Vesuvius in the 1980s. One night after a concert, Fish is on a beer run and he comes back to find his band has been signed to a major record label. However, in order to sign, they had to replace Fish with the label president's nephew, so they sent Fish packing. Flash forward to today: he's unemployed, living in his sister's attic, and still harboring a decades-old grudge against his former band, as they became one of the primary rock bands of their era. Suddenly, a series of events unfolds that rockets Fish back to rock-n-roll stardom. His teenage nephew, Matt, plays keys for a band called A.D.D. They were scheduled to play at their own prom, until their drummer got kicked out of school, leaving Fish overwhelmingly enthusiastic about volunteering for the gig. Although Fish is weird and kind of gross, Matt and his bandmates, lead singer Curtis and bass player Amelia, see that he's a great drummer and they hire him for the prom. When they practice together for a new gig via webcam, Fish, having been kicked out of his sister's attic for his antics, decides to play in the nude as it's far too hot in the new apartment to drum while clothed. Once this is recorded by Matt's sister and uploaded to Youtube, everyone knows him as The Naked Drummer. This viral sensation causes A.D.D. to be signed by David, a major music industry agent, and they begin touring. However, as David tries to get Fish removed from yet another band, and he starts sewing the seeds of discord in the other members, it's up to Fish to cling to his passion and live like a rock god.
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Best part of story, including ending: This is a grossly underrated comedy, which should've been a bigger hit than it was. Wilson is hilarious, the whole cast has great chemistry, and the music scenes rock.

Best scene in story: When Fish is reunited with Vesuvius years later, Vesuvius is really mean to him, throwing out hilarious insults, setting up their inevitable downfall.

Opinion about the main character: Fish is out of control and a bit of a wild card, but he means well and he loves his family, and Wilson is a very gifted comedic actor.

The review of this Movie prepared by R.W. Hainline a Level 29 Superb Fruit-Dove scholar

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Comedy or Parody about    -   show business Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   musician How much humor v. drama    -   Nearly all humor

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   musician Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   seeing nude male butt Any profanity?    -   Some foul language If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing

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