(Originally published in buzz magazine on 8/24/2008)
Their band, A.D.D., consists of Fish on drums; Curtis (Teddy Geiger) as the angsty teen songwriter and guitarist; Matt (Josh Gad) as Fish’s pudgy geek nephew and keyboardist; and Amelia (Emma Stone) as the self-declared PoMo punk girl and bassist. Propelled to semi-stardom by a viral YouTube video of Fish playing drums naked, A.D.D. signs with a record company and begins a tour of the Midwest.
Forget Wilson’s “zany” humor, with all of its pratfalls, vile hygiene, outrageous remarks, and general attempt to mimic Jack Black: the oddest part of the movie is hearing the band’s music. One might think Fish, an 80s hair band wild man with a chip on his shoulder, might protest the Top 40 pop rock they produce.
Criticisms aside, I kind of enjoyed The Rocker. Sure, it’s a crappy, formulaic PG-13 comedy, but I think it appealed to the 13-year-old boy in me. I can’t really explain it, but its juvenile jab at authority made me want to steal back the dusty Pearl drum set I sold a year ago and wake up the neighbors.
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