The Rocker

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A failed drummer who is given a second chance at fame when he's invited to join a teen rock band.


Rainn Wilson's first big-screen leading role sees him slip into tactical spandex as he plays sweaty rocker Fish (no relation to Marillion’s), who’s booted out of ’80s metal band Vesuvius just as they hit the big time. After 20 years of hurt, his nephew gives him a chance to relive his dream, by playing the drums in a high school rock band. Cue flamboyant fills, furious bouts of head-banging and a string of rather flat gags — like the floundering Fish playing his drums naked, unaware that the world is watching via video phone — as he bids for rock ’n’ roll redemption. Imagine a heavier School Of Rock, without the smarts and charm.

Lightweight but likable.