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Movie Review: 'Rock of Ages'

The rock 'n' roll of the 1980s is in the spotlight this week, and, like a lot of rock from that decade and despite a bunch of A-list actors, it doesn't rock.

Movie Review: 'Rock of Ages'

Boy meets girl, they rock each other's world, and it's all done to the tune of the 1980s L.A. rock scene in … "Rock of Ages."

This rags-to-riches rock 'n' roll musical is set mostly in a music club on Sunset Strip. A lot of the entertainment, with some energetic musical numbers, includes several big names (Tom Cruise, Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin.) The two leads are Diego Boneta, as a bartender, and Julianne Hough, as a naive kid just off the bus from the Midwest. They prove that they too can sing covers of '80s rock classics.

Basically the film is a set of songs linked together by a very weak story line (so as not to fool you into thinking you are watching a large-scale cover band concert). Honestly, it's not a good movie, but I think it will be a crowd-pleaser. The Broadway musical is better but, still, seeing Tom Cruise make fun of himself is priceless.

The movie is so silly and so dumb you should check it out just for the tongue and cheek of it all. The supporting cast also includes Catherine Zeta-Jones and Paul Giamatti, great actors who don't have a problem hamming it up.

Despite the lack of REAL rock the Flick-O-Meter gives "Rock of Ages" a three out of five.

What you see is what you get … it's either going to do very well at the box office or be a total flop.

In my opinion, you could get more entertainment out of two hours of karaoke … just saying.

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'Rock of Ages' opens this weekend at in Johns Creek.

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