Parents' Guide to

Rock Star

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Not great, but moments of guilty pleasure.

Movie PG-13 2001 105 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Well done!

I just saw this movie tonight. This movie is well done when it comes to the life of a musician in a rock band, but it is not mind-blowing. I really liked it, but I was not blown away by it. I love the music they selected for it, though. Also, this movie makes me wish Steel Dragon were a real band with other music besides the music in this movie. I would recommend it to people who love classic and hard rock and who love a movie loaded with excellent upbeat music, but it is not for kids or young teens.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This is an unimaginative rise-and-fall story that never really captures our hearts or even our attention; at least that makes it easier to ignore major lapses in the story line. There is logic, there is movie logic, and then there is the kind of "throw some big musical numbers and some good-looking stars on the screen and no one will notice that it makes no sense whatsoever" logic. Rock Star is in that last category, yet it is still has moments of guilty pleasure. The movie's biggest problem is that it cannot make up its mind whether it wants to be a satire or play it straight.

Wahlberg enjoys himself onscreen, but it is impossible not to compare this to his performance in the vastly more complex and intelligent Boogie Nights, another movie about a naive young man who is brought into a world of debauchery and corruption. Jennifer Aniston is woefully underused in a standard-issue "good woman who stands by her man and holds on to her values" role, but it is nice to see the musicians played by real-life guitarists Zakk Wylde and Brian Vander Ark, bassist Jeff Pilson and drummer Jason Bonham.

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