The Rocker

2008 PG-13 1h 42m DVD

The Rocker

2008 PG-13 1h 42m DVD
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When Robert "Fish" Fishman (Rainn Wilson), a washed-up drummer from a 1980s supergroup, reluctantly accepts a gig on the skins in his nephew's high school band, he discovers that his dreams of rock 'n' roll stardom haven't completely died. Can he take his new band, A.D.D., all the way to the top? Christina Applegate, Josh Gad, Jane Lynch and Emma Stone co-star in this lighthearted comedy from director Peter Cattaneo.
Rainn Wilson, Josh Gad, Christina Applegate, Jane Lynch, Jeff Garlin, Fred Armisen, Jason Sudeikis, Lonny Ross, Vik Sahay, Demetri Martin
Peter Cattaneo
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this comedy -- which stars Rainn Wilson of the popular sitcom The Office and singer Teddy Geiger -- has a tween-targeted marketing campaign and is likely to appeal to kids 10 and up. The jokes tend to be of the slapstick/physical variety, but there are occasional strong words like "s--t" and "bitch," a couple of kisses, and several references to "scoring" with the opposite sex. But as summer comedies go, this one is fairly tame.

Sexual Content

Several discussions about "scoring" and "getting tail," references to "MILFs," etc. Groupies with visible cleavage ask to have their chests autographed. Several women flirt with Curtis. There are a few kisses, but nothing too passionate. Fish sits naked in front of a Web cam (a food box blocks the more sensitive bits).


Fish beats up a co-worker, trashes a hotel room, drunkenly hurls himself off a roof, and threatens to hurt the band Vesuvius.


Occasional use of words like "ass," "a--hole," "bitch," and "s--t."

Social Behavior

Fish encourages the kids to lie to their parents, steals his sister's van, and acts wildly. But it's all pretty tame, and he finally "grows up" by the end of the movie. The teenagers learn to take risks to follow their dreams.


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Zildjian drum kit, the Guitar Hero video game, Toyota Corolla, Mac laptops, and several camera phones are all featured in the film.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Various adults drink at bars, parties, and -- in the case of one musician -- straight from the bottle.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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