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Rock Star

The fanatical leader of a successful tribute band believes the art of imitation to be a higher calling than the original music his bandmates want to try, and he gets the ax at the same time as his role model, a self-outing gay metal god. Then the innocent imitator is called on to replace his idol—and to live out a rock 'n' roll fantasy that hadn't included sex or drugs. The music could have been better in this spineless drama, which has several angles but no perspective. The gay singer is vaguely demonized along with his disgruntled marketers and former bandmates, while the idea that fame breeds indiscriminate sex—and incidentally gender identity—is sledgehammered home as “inoffensively” as possible. Stephen Herek directed a screenplay by John Stockwell; with Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Flemyng, and Timothy Spall. 107 min.

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