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on 24 March 2014
When I first played the disc it wouldn't work. There are a few scrathces but the main problem was how dirty it was. It worked alright afetr a clean but I'm dissapointed at the state the disc was in when sent to me.
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on 30 December 2013
Loved the film I had to buy it to watch again and again!.

As you may be able to see above, I also bought the soundtrack to 'complement' this movie.

I can now listen to the music whilst driving!!
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on 17 July 2003
The problem with films featuring "live" concert sequences is that it always looks and sounds fake - the performances are obviously lip-synched to backing tracks and the result is somewhat less than convincing. This is the main problem with "Rock Star". The concert sequences are supposed to convey the excitement of a live gig - and to a certain extent they do - yet Mark Wahlberg is obviously miming to a voice that clearly is not his, and this ruins the effect altogether.
That niggle aside, there is much to enjoy here. Anyone who has ever daydreamed about swapping the drudgery of everyday life for the life of a rock star will relate to this tale, loosely based on the story of Tim "Ripper" Owens, who went from singing in a Judas Priest tribute band to actually replacing Rob Halford as lead singer of Judas Priest.
Mark Wahlberg surprises with a nearly convincing performance (I say nearly due to the aforementioned lip-synching discrepancies) as the dreamer plucked from a dead-end job and a part-time existence singing in a tribute band to his heroes, Steel Dragon, to actually replace his hero in the real Steel Dragon.
What follows in this 80's-set comedy drama is fairly predictable but fun nonetheless. Jennifer Aniston provides solid support as Wahlberg's grounded girlfriend who quickly tires of life on the road, and Timothy Spall is wonderful as ever as the wise (if a little lecherous) road manager.
For me, though, the most touching performance came from one of the film's non-actor stars - Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin's John, a drummer who played on much of the film's soundtrack and appears as Steel Dragon's drummer. In a short scene between him and Wahlberg, he encourages him to "live the life" - whilst hooked up to the dialysis machine to which his "living the life" has led him. This short speech is delivered with such pathos and natural skill that he outshines his co-stars, and in many ways it sums up the general point of the film - that there is a definite dark side to the outwardly glamourous life of the rock star.
Other than that, it's formulaic but fun. There is many a cliche to be seen (yes, a TV does get thrown out of a window), and the 80's metal soundtrack will almost have you regretting chopping off your mullet.
But it does suffer from a sense of deja-vu - after all, after "Spinal Tap", what more can be said about the 80's rock scene? That, and Wahlberg's atrocious lip-synching (are we really expected to believe that it's actually his voice we are hearing?) let the film down. Otherwise, it's enjoyable fare and may well have you thinking "If only..."
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on 2 December 2011
I have watched this film over and over,the soundtrack is fantastic.If you love 80s rock music,a great story, Mark Wahlberg,Jennifer Aniston,Timothy Spall,Dominic West and Timothy Olyphant ,dont miss this.Get rocking!
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on 5 September 2006
this is a fun film, the plots not great but the concert scenes are well done and the musc is fantastic. the main comedy in the film the irony that can be missed easily. for example the two tribute bands getting ready to fight one another, each begins to fight there double. defnatly an entertaining film worth watching
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on 3 November 2014
Fantastic soundtrack, brilliant performances from the main cast, a real step back in time for those who lived and loved 80's rock. Cant understand why Steel Dragon did'nt tour properly, they would have sold plenty of tickets no doubt !
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on 1 June 2016
I love this movie. But then I do like mark wahlberg as an actor. If ya sit down to watch this and get a copy of Boogie Nights, you're in for a great movie fest. Soundtrack great, very easy to watch with son highs and lows in places.
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on 25 April 2009
this is a true film to let everyone out there
know it is possible to follow your dreams
and to never give up hope while doing this...
and to reach for the stars and never let anyone tell you different...follow your heart :) :) :)
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My Thoughts:

Rock Star is a fast paced rock drama set around the mid-to-late eighties in the world of early heavy-rock music. Featuring a heavy, yet easily catchy and mainstream soundtrack (the songs are an instant 'stuck in your head' success whether you are a fan of rock metal or not), a recogniseable cast and a predictable yet gripping story that is touching, funny, and just vaguely poignant. Mark Wahlberg sheds his Marky-Mark persona here to reveal a sensitive but passionate and intelligent fanatic who is overwhelmed by the world he yearned to be part of. Also notable performances here are Timothy Spall as a sleazy yet unimaginably likeable roadie, and Dominic West of 'The Wire' (lets face it, it's worth coming to watch this just to see him in a permed wig).

The story - as expected - throws us into the underbelly of celebrity, drugs and rock 'n' roll, but does it in such a fresh, fast and furious way that the story is gripping from start to finish, humourous, and poignant despite it's flashy premise.

The Plot:

Chris Cole, an enthusiastic, responsible, and unfathomly obsessed fanatatic of a band called 'Steel Dragon' is given the unbelievable chance of a lifetime when he is offered the chance to audution for the role of lead singer after a recording of his tribute band is leaked to the band. What starts off as an unsure opportunity becomes a dream realised as he is given the chance to "Live the Dragon" in the way he has always aspired. Emily, his manager and long-time girlfriend, however, begins to realise that Chris's new life as 'Izzy', the lead singer of Steel Dragon, leaves very room for responsibility, or relationships, and she begins to see that he is spiralling out of control.
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on 12 December 2004
This is just a short review to mention that fact that Zakk Wylde and Nick Cantanese from Black Label Society also had small casting roles in the film. Zakk plays the lead guitarist in steel dragon while nick is the lead guitarist from the tribute band who gets bollocked by Mark Wallberg for missing a pinch harmonic!
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