Rob "Fish" Fishman is the drummer in '80s hair metal band Vesuvius. He's unceremoniously booted as the group signs a big record deal, is out of the music world for 20 years - and then receives a second chance with his nephew's band.
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Which movie should you watch this week? You should watch this one: Rocker, a feel-good comedy from 2008 starring Dwight K. Schrute from The Office, a.k.a. Rainn Wilson from real life. Rainnâ€™s character Fish, the drummer in a rock band, Vesuvius, got kicked out of his band when they were offered a contract if the nephew of the president of the record label could become the new drummer. He then becomes despondent and bitter and works one â€œsoul-crushingâ€ job after another for the next twenty years. After a series of misfortunate events he is without a home and must move in with his sister and her family. His nephew is to play at the school prom and they canâ€™t find a decent drummer, so after much arm-twisting they convince Fish to play with them. Playing again inspires him to revitalize his dreams of rocking and they form a band. They do increasingly well as a band and eventually are asked to open for Vesuvius but Fish refuses due to their previous history of backstabbing and his anger towards them. After a bit of a fallout with his band he comes back to the band and they open for Vesuvius. Everyone loves them and Vesuvius, it turns out, is lip-syncing and they are found out when their equipment fails. Then Fishâ€™s band is cheered back to the stage and they live happily ever after. Also starring Emma Stone, Will Arnett and SNL cast members Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen.
I give this movie 5 stars up!
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Rainn Wilson finally broke out of The Office and found his calling as The Rocker. Full of witting writing, heartfelt moments and countless fall-out-of-your-seats-laughing scenes, The Rocker breathes life into a genre of film that has become stale with irritatingly identical Will Ferrell movies...