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The Rocker

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In his first starring role, The Office’s Rainn Wilson plays Robert “Fish” Fishman, a drummer in an awful ’80s hair-metal band who gets the boot right before the group strikes it rich. Twenty years and many crappy cubicle jobs later, Fish joins his teenage nephew’s pop-punk band and finally realizes his rock ’n’ roll dreams. Like Will Ferrell’s stable of clueless and often naked misfits, Wilson’s Fish is one of those guys who screws up about a dozen times before he finally learns his lesson. The Rocker eventually settles into a believe-in-yourself, feel-good studio comedy, but there are some genuine laughs sprinkled throughout, especially when Fish unleashes two decades’ worth of horndog partying around his underage bandmates. Arrested Development’s Will Arnett, Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Jeff Garlin and Saturday Night Live’s Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis provide stellar support. Best of all for Clevelanders, our city makes a grand appearance in the movie. Look for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a stretch of Euclid Avenue and even a copy of Scene as Fish and his bandmates begin their climb to backstage parties and hotel-trashing. HH 1/2

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