Rock Star

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3

Since he was a young boy, Chris Cole (Mark Wahlburg) has been consumed with rock music, particularly the famous Steel Dragons and their lead singer, Bobby Beers (Jason Flemyng). By day Chris works for a copy machine company, but after hours he's transformed into a rocker, with hair in his face and bare-chested. His straggly group, Blood Pollution, votes Chris out because he won't let them perform anything but Steel Dragons music. Miraculously, his devastation turns to elation when he gets a call that Bobby Beers is being replaced and Chris is invited to audition for the spot. Overnight, everything he and his ever-faithful, longtime girlfriend, Emily (Jennifer Aniston), fantasized becomes reality. But fame and fortune has its price. Fans of popular rock groups will recognize many of the film's musicians, including Jason Bonham of Healing Sixes and Blas Elias of Slaughter. Targeted for teens and young adults, R-rated ROCK STAR's frantic, loud music will assault the ears of those who think songs should have a tune. There's an old saying, "If you can't sing good, sing loud," that certainly applies to ROCK STAR.

Emily and Chris soon discover the Steel Dragons’ musicians blend genders, as most are either gay, transvestites, bi-sexual or all of the above. After Chris's first concert the band engages in an orgy of drugs and sex, calling it "his initiation." Emily tries to fit in, but is mortified to wake up in bed with two other people she hardly knows. She is not allowed to ride on the group's bus, because the band will be working and doesn't need the distraction of wives and girlfriends. However, she notes several prostitutes boarding the bus. Buried in disgusting, crude terms for sex, body parts and bodily functions are some worthwhile messages -- Chris finally realizes Emily's love, old friendships and family relationships are better than fame and money. ROCK STAR doesn't glamorize the musician's decadent lifestyle, but foul language, breast nudity, drugs and implied group sex are all gratuitous images.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Warner Bros., 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (11) times – Mild 5, Moderate 6

Obscene Language: Many (41) times - F-word 9, s-word 12, other 20

Profanity: Few (4) times – Regular 1 (GD), Exclamatory 3

Violence: Few times – Moderate (musicians destroy hotel suite; performer falls off platform and bloodies face; fighting among rival groups)

Sex: Implied few times (unmarried couple in bed, implied group sex after party)

Nudity: Few times (fans bare breasts for performers, women sunbathing topless, brief rear male)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (woman yells sexual insults, crude references to female body parts, female fans offer sex/ follow band across country, male performers stuff tight-fitting trousers to emphasize crotch)

Drugs: Many times (musicians use illegal drugs and alcohol at parties)

Other: Man's family encourages him; value of friends and family recognized; painful scene of girl piercing boyfriend's chest for jewelry; urination scene

Running Time: 110 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and young adults

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