Friday, June 15, 2012 at 11:47PM
Ok, am I the only one who could not help but think of the song "Girl From Oklahoma" by Steel Panther every time they mention that the female lead was from Oklahoma? No? Alright, it was just me. Fine. I feel the need to make it clear right away that this movie will make you cringe more than any movie you have seen in awhile. It will also make you laugh though. Many times it will make you cringe and laugh at the same time. However this is one of those movies that can wait until it hits Netflix. Mainly because you will want to do shots of some of the hard stuff while watching and most theaters still do not have bars for movies like this. Screw all of this headache inducing 3-d and Imax bullshit, I need to drink while watching my youth get raped like Indiana Jones on South Park! No seriously, for the most part it is worth watching. It is the most fun you will have while cringing every few seconds.
However, there are some purly negative elements that would have made the movie better if they were fixed. The lip syncing is off sometimes and I swear that they sped up Tom Cruise's voice. Is there any footage of him pulling off any of these songs in a truly live setting? No? There might be a reason. he can't do it live. The thing was filmed in Florida instead of where the story is based in. If they would have done it in L.A. they could have had it at The Whiskey instead of the obvious second rate rip off "The Bourbon." It also didn't help that Prometheus was bleeding through from next door. Could Regal not cough up enough for noise cancellation? Lastly, what was up with Mary J. Blige being in this movie? When they make Rap Of Ages can the guys in Godsmack be in it? Oh wait, there won't be a Rap Of Ages because Rap blows Hey Man's (the monkey) nuts. They had Sebastian Bach and Nuno Bettencourt in the movie and their parts were so small that I never remember them being in the movie. I was shocked to see them in the credits. Yet some rap bimbo gets major screen time? Why not Doro Pesch, Maria Brink of In This Moment, Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, or any number of talented female Rock musicians? My only point is that the casting director needs to be bitch slapped.
I did love seeing Pig Vomit playing a slimy scum sucking pile of crap again. He seems to do those roles well. Yeah, sorry Paul Giamatti but you will always be Pig Vomit to me, but I mean that in a good way. It has always been one of your best roles. I also found it interesting that they did more "poster on the wall behind people speaking" style name dropping of the band Jet Boy than Jet Boy got at the peak of their career! With them being such an important part of the L.A. glam scene it was good to see them get so many plugs. I also love that they made the anti-rock protesters the religious right instead of the more left wing PMRC. For those of you too young to remember, the religious right has had decades of being the pro-censorship folks. The PMRC was just a blip in the grand picture, but I doubt most will remember that.
If you do go see the movie you will enjoy yourself. It is almost a parody of all this Glee crap that some seem to think is good for Rock and Metal. How it is good to water things down like that is beyond me, but some think to think so. This comes close to that, but this movie does not take it's self seriously at all. This is 50% Glee mockery and 50% modern Spinal Tap style humor. A warning though to all guys. There is a scene with Alec Baldwin and Russel Brand that you will wish you could un-see, but you cannot un-see what you have already seen. So again I ask Regal to start serving drinks during movies like this. It would help so much.
For a much more intelligent review of this movie CLICK HERE!