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Mark Wahlberg plays Chris Cole, a local guy from Pittsburgh who is a copy-machine repairman by day (still living at home), and the lead singer of Blood Pollution, a Steel Dragon tribute band, at night. (Steel Dragon is a heavy-metal hair band living it big in the 1980s.) Cole prides himself on getting everything exactly right when he's onstage, every note, every costume, every shade of mascara; he even gets a nipple ring right after Steel Dragon's lead singer does. Chris's dream turns into reality when Steel Dragon fires its lead singer and brings Chris in to audition for the job. He gets the gig, but he also gets a lot more than he bargained for. Wahlberg is brilliant as Cole, playing the role to perfection, both as the young dreamer and the rock star living to excess. Jennifer Aniston is also excellent as Emily, his longtime girlfriend and manager who stands by him for as long as she can. The music nails the 1980s heavy-metal explosion, both in the original songs that Steel Dragon plays and the incidental music, from such groups as Kiss, Jon Bon Jovi, Ted Nugent, AC/DC, Motley Crue, and Dio. As good as Wahlberg and Aniston are, Timothy Spall, as Steel Dragon's manager, nearly steals the picture. ROCK STAR is an invigorating, intoxicating, thrilling ride of a movie; at times it even feels like it's the true story behind Spinal Tap. (In fact, it is loosely based on the true story of Ripper Owens and Judas Priest.) As an added bonus, the film features, in small roles, musicians who have played with such metalheads as Dokken, Slaughter, Ozzy Osbourne, and more.

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • Sound: HiFi Sound, Stereo Sound, Surround Sound
  • UPC: 085392132720

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Genre:Dramas
Format:DVD

eBay Product ID: EPID3374228

Editorial reviews

"...Aniston and Spall lead the supporting cast with considerable conviction..."
Variety - Robert Koehler (09/03/2001)

"...The film uses its easy sense of humor to convey what is sometimes lost in rock films, the sense of fun involved in playing and listening to the music..."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (09/07/2001)

"...The film is front-loaded with plenty of funny, authentic-feeling snapshots from the life of an earnest steel-belt metalhead..."
Film Comment - Chris Norris (09/01/2001)

"...One-time teen-pop idol Mark Wahlberg is a good metal-mimic, and manifestly enjoys the strutting and the squealing..."
Sight and Sound - Mark Sinker (12/01/2001)

"...There are good performances and the period is well captured..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (09/07/2001)

"...Mark Wahlberg gives one of his better performances..."
USA Today - Mike Clark (01/25/2002)

"...Wahlberg becomes the spirit of heavy metal....Not since BOOGIE NIGHTS has Wahlberg created so winning and personal a character..."
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (09/04/2001)

"...Spall is charming....Mr. Stockwell and Mr. Herek balance mockery with affection..."
New York Times - A. O. Scott (09/07/2001)

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Created: 10/17/10

Rock Star (DVD, 2002)

Review For: Rock Star (DVD, 2002)

First of all let me start off by saying that although Rock star didn't do very well at the box office, I thought it was a lot of fun and it made for an enjoyable hour and three quarters viewing. Loosely based on the life of Tim `Ripper' Owens, the office supplies salesman who replaced Rob Halford in Judas Priest, Rock Star combines satire, morality, romance and a good old fashioned rags to riches storyline.
So what's the plot? Salesman and ordinary working stiff Chris Cole (Mark Wahlberg) and wannabe rock star has been obsessed for years in his devotion to British heavy metal band Steel Dragon. As part of a tribute band, he is derided by his older brother who feels he should get a real job and his devotion to mimicry is so much that even his fellow tribute band members are sick of him, and they eventually dump him. Comforted by his patient and devoted girlfriend (Jennifer Anniston) Chris swears that he will prove them all wrong but he even he is shocked when he is invited to audition as the replacement singer in the band he adores. Of course he wins the gig and so begins a journey through the world of a rock idol, full of drugs, groupies, drink and general excessive behaviour.

I'm not quite sure why this movie wasn't that successful. Sure it's not the greatest movie you will ever see and it offers no original insight but there's also very little to dislike about it. Critics may complain that it's neither full on satire such as `This Is Spinal Tap' or that it is full of clich├ęs but this is a movie that doesn't take itself too seriously and does not try to portray reality. Mark Wahlberg is perfectly cast as Chris Cole and Jennifer Anniston gives a very pleasing and likeable performance as Chris's loyal girlfriend, whilst some of the supporting turns (particularly from Timothy Spall as the seen it all before manager) are excellent too. Stephen Herek's direction is perfectly paced and unlike most modern movies it is not overlong and it feels shorter than it actually is. It has some truly excellent moments and you could do much worse than to check this out on a Saturday night.

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Created: 08/06/06

Rock Star ROCKS!

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I saw this movie at the theater and loved it! It pokes fun at the "hair band" era of the mid-80's, a time I remember well. At the same time, there is a story that is constant throughout the movie where a regular guy from the midwest finds out that what he thought he wanted (being a rock star) wasn't all it was cracked up to be, and in the end he chose to be true to himself. Both Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston were great. Mark continues to surprise me with his roles, and Jennifer was as far from "Rachel Greene" (Friends) as she could get. They both are growing well into big-screen "stars." Great date movie, especially for those of us who lived through the big-hair-band era and still know every word to Bon Jovi and Def Leppard songs! :)

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Created: 06/29/10

80's hair bands have nothing on Steel Dragon!

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Mark Wahlberg plays a singer in a Steel Dragon tribute band. The band is what I would call an 80's hair band and seems that all of the talent in the tribute band lays in the hands of Izzy (Mark Wahlberg). Izzy aspires to be just like the lead singer of Steel Dragon from his hair down to his nipple ring. So long story short Izzy gets kicked out of the tribute band and the real band Steel Dragon is kicking out their lead singer and gets a hold of a tape of Izzy singing and they really like it. Steel Dragon brings Izzy in to replace their frontman a dream come true for Izzy. He leads the rockers life does he love it? You will see....

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Created: 02/10/11

Rock Star is an Excellent movie!!

Review For: Rock Star (DVD, 2002)

This movie, as stated in the title, is an excellent movie!! Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston support each other very well. It shows Mark Wahlberg's dream becoming a reality when the lead singer of his favorite band quits and he is offered the opportunity to become their lead singer. The love between him and Jennifer Aniston is almost real. The music in the movie is very good, as well!! I would highly recommend this movie to anyone!! I am fixing to start looking for the soundtrack. When I find and listen to that, I will write a review on that and let you know how it is.

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Created: 07/10/06

Rock Star - -Yes, people lived like this!.

Review For: Rock Star (DVD, 2002)

I remember the look, the experience. This movie does a good job of taking you back and reliving the hair band days. (Sort of, this particular band was kind of a tamed down version at the beginning of the hairband craze). It is done in an almost documentary at times format and very believable. If you didn't grow up around this time, and wonder what teen, party life was like back in the mid 80's, Here You Go!

I bought it through ebay for convenience. I might have found it at walmart in the bargain box for less if I wanted to dig through a bunch of junk, but I doubt I would have ever found it. The price was fair, the movie was perfect and it shipped pretty quick. Definitely a keeper.

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