A recurring dream.

Natalie Stendall

Two youngsters head for LA to make it in the rock scene in this silly but vibrant rock musical.

Sherrie (Julianne Hough) arrives in LA with a suitcase full of records and meets wannabe rock star Drew (Diego Boneta). Cue the rock anthems as they fall hopelessly in and out of love. While the performances are fine, their’s is a simple plot that offers nothing new.

Luckily, just when you’re thinking these two characters can’t carry a whole movie, Tom Cruise enters as aging rock-god Stacee Jaxx. Cruise puts in a decent performance as this damaged and lonely star, whose outward pretence is now wearing thin, and gives Rock Of Ages the spark it desperately needs. Constance (Malin Akerman), a reviewer from the Rolling Stone, is the only person brave enough to tell Jaxx what she thinks of him – cue love story number two and a sexy rock ballad.

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