TOM CRUISE’S ROCK OF AGES MIGHT NOT ROCK YOUR WORLD, BUT IT’S FUN
Rock of Ages and Hairspray have a lot in common. Both stories involve a cute young girl and boy struggling for acceptance and kept apart for certain reasons, blasphemous music, and conservative zealots to protest it. Both were hit Broadway musicals. “Hairspray” starred scientologist John Travolta and “Rock” stars scientologist Tom Cruise. Hairspray had 1960’s integration to add heft, Rock had the groupies and rockstars 1980’s phenomenon. Supporting actors are all great. To us it seems Tom Cruise is just too famous to play anything but himself – you just cannot forget who he really is. We wish his Stacee Jaxx character had been performed by an SNL comic because it could have been really funny. That said, the movie IS entertaining (it’s fun to reminisce about Sunset Strip in those days,) more than a little corny, but worth seeing. Just don’t expect too much.