WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Chris Cole (Wahlberg) is the lead singer for a tribute band to the Steel Dragons, an 80’s heavy metal pop band. When the lead singer for Steel Dragons has to quit the band, Chris takes his place and gets sucked into the world of rock ’n roll stardom.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
For those who appreciated the hair bands of the 80’s, finally a movie comes along that both honors and parodies that world. The plot of the movie is pretty basic if you’ve every watched any episode of "Behind The Music". Man reaches celebrity level and is consumed by it only to find that he’s missing what really counts, which is being true to himself and hanging out with his loved ones. With that said, the concert sequences in this film are fun, and watching Mark Wahlberg play a wanna-be rock star is that sweet, sweet irony that I know we all crave.
The selling point of this movie comes in the small parts. I got to play “guess the real rock stars” during the entire film, and they are definitely there. And after I watched the film, my roommate spent a little more time than I thought was necessary, playing back the scene where Aniston kisses another woman. The costumes, the make-up, the hair, and yes, even the music may just remind you why the hair-bands were so big back in the day, and why they aren’t today. Sebastian Bach, eat your heart out.
Commentary by director Stephen Herek: In my mind, the best extra of the DVD is this commentary. Herek presents his commentary with a light-heartedness that I think this movie deserves. He points out who the actors are, who the rock stars are, where the songs came from, and what Wahlberg and Aniston are like. You’ll also get to find out how much research was done for this film to get just the right feel for metal pop in the 80’s. Backstage Pass: An all too short featurette with interviews with the cast and crew. The actors explain the plot of the movie, there’s a few behind the scenes shots. (About 4 minutes)
There’s also the Everclear “Rock Star” video, cast & crew filmographies, and a theatrical trailer.
The movie made me think of a lot of band-breakups that I’ve been privy to in my lifetime, and reminded me of how messed up that world can truly be. It pays homage to, and pokes fun at, all the White Snakes, Poisons, and Sammy Hagars of the world. The plot is pretty basic, but is only a part of the film. The hair, the tight pants, and the 80’s chic will make you smile. The extras on this DVD are really throw-aways, except for the director’s commentary. Overall, it’s a fun rental for a Friday night.