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THE ROCKER

With apologies to Rainn Wilson, I saw The Rocker alone.
I donít mean that I went to see it alone, which I did.
I mean I was literally the only person in the theater.

The Rocker is only a so-so movie about a 40 yr old who just wants to rock one more time after losing his shot at the big time twenty years before. Rainn Wilson does a great job here. I mean his character is a buffoon, but heís a likable buffoon and ultimately a well meaning one, too.
Itís sad that a movie thatís basically a rental could make me dwell so much on life, but hey, itís me, and Iím weird.

The Rocker is full of clichťs and totally unbelievable scenarios, but thatís OK. Itís cute and the cast works great. The kids in the band, Emma Stone, Teddy Geiger, and Josh Gad are all really good. Christina Applegate is really nice as one of the band memberís mom, and her chemistry with Wilson is good. Jeff Garlin has a small but great role, as does Jason Sudeikis as a fast talking record exec.

Rainn Wilson might not be as appealing here as a leading man as he is in the supporting role of Dwight Schrute in TVís The Office, but heís pretty good.
I think with the right role he can carry a movie.
But if you go ahead and wait til DVD for this one, thatíll be fine.

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