And if the trailer does not deceive, “The Rocker” does not hold up any better visually then it does on paper, despite starring Rainn Wilson.
“The Rocker” was co-produced by Shawn Levy, which probably accounts for the film’s family-friendly vibe. Director Peter Cattaneo (“The Full Monty”) may have been able to make Wilson’s washed up wannabe drummer more hardcore in the finished film, but whomever cut this trailer left out any hint of raunch. One of the teen leads even utters the line “He’s sloppy, he’s stupid and he’s full of life.” My God, that would be a brilliant line if it was meant to be ironic – sadly, I think the screenwriters were trying for serious. Ouch.
Well, all summer movies can’t be winners, right? I do hear that Pete Best makes a cameo as himself in the film – that’s something, right?
“The Rocker” opens August 1st.