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2008-09-28 15:00:25

By CROOT, James THE ROCKER (M) Directed by Peter Cattaneo * * * Reviewed by James Croot -------------------- Twenty years ago Robert "Fish" Fishman (Rainn Wilson) was on the cusp of heavy-metal stardom; now he sells metal racking in Cleveland. A drummer with the band Versuvius, Fish's ostentatious style made him the heart and soul of the band but when a record executive signs them on the condition his nephew plays the skins, Fish finds himself shut out of opening for Whitesnake. Still...

2008-08-28 21:00:25

By JASON SILVERSTEIN Would anyone even care about "The Rocker" if Rainn Wilson wasn't in it? After all, it's your typical dime-a-dozen comedy where a simple trailer viewing tells you everything you need to know, including the fact that it's probably not the wisest choice at the multiplex. Still, it's the first leading film role for the actor behind Dwight Schrute, the iconic highlight character from "The Office," and there are many of the show's fans that would see pretty much anything...

2008-08-24 15:00:24

By Rick Bentley Rainn Wilson joins the growing list of actors spawned from the Jerry Lewis school of acting. Like Jack Black, Adam Sandler and so many other young movie stars, Wilson will more often turn to a goofy face, a pratfall or a never ending string of ad libs in an effort to pull a laugh out of unfunny material. He's in full Jerry Lewis mode for "The Rocker." Wilson plays Fish, a drummer for a 1980s heavy metal band Vesuvius. Just as the band reaches Whitesnake notoriety, Fish...

2008-08-23 09:00:35

By MAL VINCENT By Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot IT'S NEVER too late to rock 'n' roll in the good-natured and pleasantly entertaining "The Rocker." It's all about a geezer (41?) who was almost a big rock star in the last century, but now is stuck in a desk job. Fish was the manic drummer in the heavy metal outfit Vesuvius some 20 years ago, but when a record executive wanted to replace him with a nephew, he got left behind. The group hit it big, and Fish was left singing a chorus of...

2008-08-23 03:00:23

By Chris Gladden Special to The Roanoke Times The year is 1986, a time when heavy-metal hair bands reigned. Vesuvius is just about to sign the big record company contract when a condition pops up: fire talented drummer Robert "Fish" Fishman in order to open a slot for a record company exec's relative. The band members struggle with their consciences for about a nanosecond and Fish is rock 'n' roll history. Jump forward 20 years and Vesuvius is a revered stadium act while Fish labors...

2008-08-23 00:00:24

By GREG HERNANDEZ It looks like the dog days of summer have arrived at the multiplex. A quartet of new movies is out in wide release this week, but they'll be hard-pressed to dislodge the Ben Stiller comedy "Tropic Thunder" from the No. 1 spot. I think "Thunder," which also stars Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black and features a surprising cameo by Tom Cruise, will make about $15 million and manage to squeeze out another victory after its first- place finish last weekend. THE CHALLENGERS:...

2008-08-22 12:00:34

By Jason Foster Stories about rock bands have often translated into good movies. "This is Spinal Tap,""That Thing You Do,""Almost Famous" and "School of Rock" all come to mind. Borrowing from all of those, and from plenty of other done-to- death comedy staples, is "The Rocker," the story of a former almost rock star, Fish Fishman (Rainn Wilson), who's looking to finally realize his dream by playing drums in his nephew's struggling band. Over the course of the film, the band goes from...

2008-08-22 00:00:24

By Christy Lemire REVIEW The Rocker HH RATING: PG-13 (drug and sexual references, nudity and language) DIRECTOR: Peter Cattaneo CAST: Rainn Wilson, Josh Gad, Teddy Geiger and Emma Stone THEATERS: Marquee Cinemas, Park Place Stadium Cinemas "The Rocker" might really have rocked if it didn't feel like a cover of a couple of superior comedies. The first and most obvious is "School of Rock." As a shlumpy, 40ish drummer who missed his shot at heavy-metal stardom, Rainn Wilson is pretty much...

2008-08-21 15:00:43

By Ellen McCarthy "Dwight has saved me in soooo many way," Rainn Wilson loudly declares by phone while tooling through the San Fernando Valley last week. In fact, the Scranton-based assistant regional -- sorry, assistant to the regional manager -- saved Wilson even as the actor was trying to extract himself from the oddball character. As plans for Wilson's new movie, "The Rocker" were coming together -- it had a director, a script, a budget and so on -- the process hit a wall when the head...

2008-08-21 00:00:31

By Rob Lowman Rainn Wilson gives a comic beat to "The Rocker," a movie that is otherwise the equivalent of generic rock. The filmmakers probably had Will Ferrell on their wish list to play Robert "Fish" Fishman, a man who has had to tamp down his dream to be a rock 'n' roll star for 20 years, but "The Office" star brings a nice human touch to the role, along with some laughs. You see, as a youth Fish had been the drummer in a heavy-metal band named Vesuvius that was poised on the brink...


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