Rock of Ages brings back 1980s hits

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Rebecca Knicely

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Julianne Hough and up and coming artist Diego Boneta star in a 1980s inspired musical, Rock of Ages.  Small town girl Sherrie (Julianne Hough) and city boy Drew (Diego Boneta) fall in love while pursuing their dreams in the music industry.  This movie stars 1980s rock n’ roll hit songs from Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, REO Speedwagon, and many more for a movie that will get you singing along.  “The Bourbon,” is the Hollywood rock n’ roll night club that hosts many concerts throughout the movie but their main guest was StaceeJaxx (Tom Cruise).  StaceeJaxx is the rock n’ roll god that was a perfect symbol of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll throughout the movie. Tom Cruise plays a role that no one has ever seen from him before showing some hidden talent by singing every song that he stared in.

The mayor and his wife spend their time in office trying to shut down the three devilish thoughts and actions influenced by rock n’ roll – “sex, drugs and sex” as the mayor’s wife states.  As she spends her time rioting outside of rock night clubs, the mayor spends his time having affairs around Hollywood, sleeping with anything that walks.  Her main motif to shut the clubs down is her hatred for StaceeJaxx, her one night stand in college that left her heartbroken. However, they are unsuccessful in convincing the people of Los Angeles that rock n’ roll is evil and the music prevails.

This is the classic tale of having big dreams in succeeding in a competitive business.  After Drew has the opportunity to open for StaceeJaxx, a producer signs him to a contract that sends him on an adventure. Drew and Sherrie’s romantic relationship crumbles after Drew’s time in the “spotlight.”  The producer changes his rock image to an innocent boy band appearance that ends up not selling albums.  Sherrie is broke and begins stripping at a night club to make money because she cannot get produced.

This movie has characters bursting into song every time life gets rough giving a Glee-like movie for a must-see film experience.