Lite’s Review Room – ‘Rock Of Ages’

Get your hairspray out and your ripped jeans, because this week we’re heading back in time for wall of sound from the 1980’s!

Our queen of the silver screen, Julie Fisk, put on her leg warmers and side pony tail with huge hair so she could feel apart of the experience.


“Rock of Ages” stars Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin as they try to save a popular Sunset Strip nightclub.

The first thing you need to know about “Rock of Ages” is that it’s a MUSICAL. Know this before you buy your tickets or you will be completely GOONED out when Julianne Hough and a bus load of people start singing “Sister Christian.” Actually, I KNEW it was a musical and I was still completely gooned out, but that’s because I do not like musicals. I cringe ANYTIME someone breaks into song, but especially when shiny-happy kids sing beloved songs from my youth and completely sterilize them.

“Rock of Ages” takes sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll and polishes it to a high sheen, making it the Broadway version of sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. You have the typical story of young lovers torn apart, played by Julianne Hough & Diego Boneta set against the back-drop of rock in the ’80’s.

Alec Baldwin & Russell Brand bring the comic-relief as a club owner & his buddy and Tom Cruise provides a hefty amount of gritty sensuality as Stacee Jax, an over-sexed half-crazy Rock God. I feel weird saying this because I don’t like Tom Cruise. He creeps me out but I loved him in this role. Who knew Tom Cruise could sing, play guitar and rock tight leather pants like that? Plus, he’s having so much fun.

In fact, EVERYONE onscreen seems to be having a blast and it’s infectious. They even had me, the non-believer clapping and ALMOST singing along by the end of the film and that’s why I’m giving “Rock of Ages” a C. But Tom Cruise and his leather pants gets a B+.


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