'Rock of Ages,' 'That's My Boy' reviewed by Mr. Moviefone
This week at the movies could very well be the most annoying movie weekend of summer, so I'm going to go ahead and call it "The Most Annoying Movie Weekend of Summer" as Adam Sandler treats us to more of his unique comedy stylings. And could there possibly be anything more annoying than Tom Cruise strutting around as an 80s rock star in "Rock of Ages?"
The movie version of the hit Broadway musical is set during the heyday of 1980s hair metal on West Hollywood's Sunset Strip. Cruise plays rock god Stacee Jaxx, who's one of many characters living the dream of rock and roll excess. Julianne Hough co-stars as a small town girl looking to become a star. Sing along with songs from Journey, Poison and Def Leppard. There's also an All-Star cast including Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta Jones and Mary J Blige.
The Reel Deal: All of the campy fun and nostalgia of the Broadway musical hits a sour note. It's just sucked right out as stars like Alec Baldwin look ridiculous, and back to the question I asked earlier, is there anything more annoying than Cruise strutting around as an 80s rock star? Maybe a dozen crows right outside your window at 5 a.m. Other than that, nope. I'm out.
Adam Sandler wants to reconnect with his long lost son in "That's My Boy." Sandler plays Donny, who, as a teen, fathered a son with his high school teacher. The son, Todd, played by Andy Samberg, is about to get married. After years of estrangement, Donny attempts to rekindle his relationship with Todd, which threatens to derail the happy nuptials.
The Reel Deal: News flash, it's not as horrible as you think it's going to be. Probably not going to see that quote in the newspaper! Don't get me wrong, Sandler's goofy-put on voice is still super annoying. But there are some laughs. It's actually pretty funny. The question is, are audiences so turned off by him at this point that no one gives the movie a chance? I think you should. I'm in.
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