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The Rocker (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Music | 20 August 2008 (USA)
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In the 1980s, a drummer is abandoned by his band just before they become rock superstars. Twenty years later, the drummer sees his second chance at stardom arise when he is asked to perform with his teenage nephew's high school rock band.

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Peter Cattaneo

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Maya Forbes (screenplay), Wallace Wolodarsky (screenplay) (as Wally Wolodarsky) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rainn Wilson ... Fish
Christina Applegate ... Kim
Teddy Geiger ... Curtis
Josh Gad ... Matt
Emma Stone ... Amelia
Jeff Garlin ... Stan
Jane Lynch ... Lisa
Jason Sudeikis ... David Marshall
Will Arnett ... Lex
Howard Hesseman ... Gator
Fred Armisen ... Kerr
Bradley Cooper ... Trash
Lonny Ross ... Sticks
Jon Glaser ... Billy (as Jonathan Glaser)
Jane Krakowski ... Carol
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Storyline

The Rocker tells the story of a failed drummer who is given a second chance at fame. Robert "Fish" Fishman is the extremely dedicated and astoundingly passionate drummer for the eighties hair band Vesuvius, who is living the rock n' roll dream until he is unceremoniously kicked out of the band. Twenty years after his rock star fantasies are destroyed, just when Fish has finally given up all hope, he hears that his nephew's high school rock band A.D.D. is looking for a new drummer. They reluctantly make him the newest member of the band, giving him a chance to reclaim the rock god throne he always thought he deserved, and taking the young band along for the ride of their lives. Written by Fox Atomic

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Taglines:

Some talents should stay hidden See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug and sexual references, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,636,048, 22 August 2008

Gross USA:

$6,409,528

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,767,338
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The studio scenes were filmed at Phase One studios in Scarborough, ON (closed in 2017). The studio staff worked with the props department to help the shots look authentic. Many of the mics used in the shots were actually part of the studio's vast inventory of high-end and vintage mics. See more »

Goofs

When Fish is dumped by his girlfriend at the beginning, he walks to his sister's house to crash, and he is shown walking North past the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to get there. Not only is there no residential area in that direction, but if he walked just a little bit further, he would walk right into Lake Erie, as the Rock Hall is on the Erie shore. See more »

Quotes

Robert 'Fish' Fishman: 1991 called, they want their teenage angst back.
Amelia: Omigod, they just called again they want that joke back.
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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Emma Stone Performances (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

I Say Hey
Written by Ulises Lozano (as Joaquín Ulises Lozano), Omar Góngora (as Juan Omar Góngora) and Carlos Cháirez (as Carlos Alberto Cháirez)
Performed by Kinky
Courtesy of Kin Kon Records
By arrangement with Nettwerk Productions
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Pretty Surprised
9 June 2008 | by morten-summersSee all my reviews

So I just went to a pre screening of this film in downtown Chicago and Mr rainn Wilson himself was there to do a Q & A afterwards.

This movie was actually laugh out loud funny, it shows a lot of character sub plots and builds a good and funny funny time telling about each character. This is a go for the win movie and even gave me tingles once and awhile. There is a lot of sub plots and it all works together for the ending. It is about Rainn's character who was in a in a rock band that was on their way to being huge and they kick him out of the band. He starts a band with his nephew and his friends and show them how to be true rockstar giving himself the chance and the dream that was cut from him. I give it a 8 out of 10 and Rainn was a true comic.


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