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I got some time to watch movies this week while at the computer working. So here is another Grown Up edition of Movie Night Reviews. This time I watched Rock of Ages (PG-13, 123 minutes) (photo from IMDb).rockofagesI have wanted to see this since I saw the first preview and heard all the song clips. Paradise City, We Built This City, Don’t Stop Believin’, Jukebox Hero, I Love Rock n Roll, etc.

And then there was Tom Cruise. I must say I am NOT a fan of his. I never have been. Oh I know..Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Mission Impossible, etc. Back then give me Val Kilmer..I still crush on him (photo from IMDb)!
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I will say I was very impressed with Tom Cruise in Interview with a Vampire. I guess I don’t like him all clean cut or goodie goodie.

So that brings me back to Rock of Ages. He’s basically a film version of Axl Rose! I will admit (without shame) I loved Axl Rose in high school.  Guns and Roses is him…that voice..the twang..and those white biker shorts! They  had some amazing albums: Appetite for Destruction, Use Your Illusion I and II were are great. I still love so many of those songs and always will!

The music and this Stacee Jaxx character pushed me to try it and see what I thought.   The story: It’s classic kind of romantic comedy/musical. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, some misunderstanding tears them apart, etc. etc. There is the other story of the rock music being evil and the groups (religious I assume) against it.  You get the idea. You aren’t watching the movie for this. At least I wasn’t.

I wanted to hear the songs and mash ups, and see  the 80’s hair, make up and outfits plus the choreography.

So it seems they all sang the songs themselves. Some shined like Julianne Hough. I was very impressed by singing. Catherine Zeta Jones did a good job, but I already was a fan of hers from Chicago (Must See!)


Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand singing Can’t Fight This Feeling was amusing, but mediocre. Then of course, Tom Cruise, who was hit and miss. I am shocked I will say this, but his rendition of Paradise City wasn’t bad. His singing of Pour Some Sugar on me I did not like at all. He enunciated the words too much!

Thoughts?
I can’t believe I am going to say this, but Tom Cruise was pretty hot! I kinda loved this movie! I couldn’t help it..there is some humor, lots of 80’s music I love, and some Glee like mashups and scenes.

I give this one 4.5 stars out of 5.

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