MovieHook Rating... C+
Rainn Wilson is very successful on TV every week, but I never really thought of him as a leading man. The last movie I remember seeing him in was Juno, where he plays the wise cracking convenience store clerk in the first scene. But other than that I never really saw any signs of him starring in a movie. So can Rainn Wilson carry a movie?
The Rocker opens with a band called Vesuvius playing a show, and following the show the manager of the band tells them they are going to be signed. But the catch is the record company wants to replace the drummer Robert "Fish" Fishman (Rainn Wilson) with some one else. The band has to be talked into it, but eventually they agree. Fish doesn't this well, and quits playing the drums all together. 20 years later Fish is unemployed and living with his sister. His nephew Matt (Josh Gad) asks him to play in his band A.D.D. because they have a gig at the prom. After some heckling, Fish Agrees. After the prom, the band doesn't want to play with Fish anymore because of his over the top performing, but Fish sees potential in the singer Curtis (Teddy Geiger) and the bassist Amelia (Emma Stone). They decide to let fish in the band again, and they begin to practice.
When Matt's sister intercepts a video of Fish playing the drums in the nude, she leaks it on to the internet. The video is seen by millions of people, but they are just as impressed with the music the band is playing. A.D.D becomes an overnight success, and they land a record deal. They begin laying down music, and are set to go on tour. Fish is less than trustworthy, so Curtis's mom decides to join them on tour. With Fish being in his forties, he wonders if he can keep up his rock star persona, keep the kids interested in the band, and try to convince Curtis's mom Kim (Christina Applegate) that he is more grown up than she thinks.
Rainn Wilson is a riot on NBC's The Office, and he brings that over the top humor to The Rocker. But even though he creates a few laugh out loud moments, these types of movies have been made before. The group catches a break, they have a falling out, and either fix it or move on. I actually did like the ending of the movie, and I was generally interested during throughout the film. But this movie was definitely forgetable, so I would say maybe rent it if you have nothing else to do. But The Rocker will not change your life.
The Rocker is filled with a naked Rainn Wilson throughout the movie, but he never shows anything more than his bum. I would recommend this movie for any teenager, or younger children with parental consent.