Rock of Ages

Heavy-metal musical romance - set in 1987 - in which an aspiring singer (Julianne Hough), newly arrived in Los Angeles, finds work as a waitress in a headbangers' nightclub and falls for a bartender (Diego Boneta) in the same establishment who has show biz ambitions of his own. Plot complications involve the bar owner's (Alec Baldwin) efforts to keep the place open, the struggle of a puritanical politician's wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) to shut it down and the headlining appearance of a debauched megastar (Tom Cruise) whose increasingly distant relationship with reality is being exploited by his unscrupulous manager (Paul Giamatti). Director Adam Shankman's screen version of Chris D'Arienzo's hit Broadway paean to the glories of Reagan-era rock mixes shameless sentimentality with cheerful, consequence-free debauchery and drives home the message that religiously motivated moral conservatives are all repressed hypocrites.

Watch out for: Negative treatment of religion, misguided values - including a frivolous view of homosexuality, acceptance of premarital sex and a comic portrayal of aberrant sexual behavior - rear and partial nudity, a couple of uses of profanity, some crude and crass language.

The Catholic News Service classification is O - morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 - parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 1970