The Rocker

Synopsis: The Rocker tells the story of a failed drummer who is given a second chance at fame. Robert "Fish" Fishman is the extremely dedicated and astoundingly passionate drummer for the eighties hair band Vesuvius, who is living the rock n' roll dream until he is unceremoniously kicked out of the band. Twenty years after his rock star fantasies are destroyed, just when Fish has finally given up all hope, he hears that his nephew's high school rock band A.D.D. is looking for a new drummer. They reluctantly make him the newest member of the band, giving him a chance to reclaim the rock God throne he's always thought he deserved, and taking the young band along for the ride of their lives.
Genre: Comedy, Music
Director(s): Peter Cattaneo
Production: Fox Atomic
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

Ah, look at you, Cleveland!

Put your hands together for this one.

What say?

From the top!


Thank you.

We love you, Cleveland! Whoo!

- Dudes! Yeah!

- Yeah!

Do you have any idea how

rare that is? That kind of energy...

...coming off the crowd

and feeding us?

And us feeding it right back to them?

That is what it's all about, my brothers.

We are gonna be huge!

- More importantly, how were my moves?

- Those moves.

I got the best seat in the house

between the guitar and bass...

...and you rocked. Yeah!

- Yeah!

- Oh, now, that was classic Vesuvius.

- Billy.

Nice show. Whoo!

- Hey, what did the label say?

- Let's start with some beers first.

Those are on me,

and those are imported.

- Imported. Sounds like good news, right?

Or bad.

Be right back.

- More like awesome news.

Matchbook Records just offered us

an awesome contract...

...and it is awesome.

- We're gonna be rich!

- I'm gonna get a Fiero.

I'm so happy. I'm so happy.

There's just one hitch.

They want you to replace Fish.

President of the label

wants his nephew in the band.

Fish is the heart and soul of this band.

We've been together since high school.

- He came up with the name Vesuvius.

- Yeah, he's great.

Guys, they're gonna put money

behind you. That means videos, touring...

No. Forget it, Billy.

We're not gonna sell him out

because some rich kid...

...wants to play rock star. Forget it.

- All right.

I'm calling the head of the label now.

Tell him where he can stick his nephew.

Oh, there was talk of you guys

opening for Whitesnake...

...but sometimes opportunity

knocks twice, right?

- Whitesnake, man.

- Dude, I love that band.

I mean, think about it.

Fish will land on his feet, right?

Like I said, he's a great drummer.

Right. He's gonna be fine.

Billy, hang up that phone.

You traitors!

Start the van, man. He's coming!

We lost him.

- I don't think that went too well.

- What a baby.

- We did it, guys. All right.

- We totally did it.

- That was kind of awesome!

- It's gonna be all right.

I think we lost him.

That's definitely gonna be in a book

about us.

He didn't fit.

After all we've been through?

And you sell me out just like that?

Oh, my God.

He was like a jet plane.

- So fast.

- Fast runner.

- Definitely a fast runner.

- I didn't know how fast he was!

I was going 60.

- He ran like a gazelle, right?

- I was gonna say that.

- Like, his stride was really big.

- Yeah, really big.

Like he'd lived with animals

or something, in the woods.

And he, like, mimicked their... Aah!

Jesus, man, keep going!

Oh, my...

We gotta shake him loose, man!

I will drag you down to hell with me.

I will eat your souls.

Hit the brakes, man!

Oh, my God, Kerr. You killed him.

You killed him.

He deserved it, man.

He's dead.

He can't be killed.

Dude, he can't be killed.

He can't be killed.

Back it up, back it up.

He's a zombie!

I don't need you!

I'm gonna be 10 times bigger

than you! No!

A billion times bigger than you! No!

Eleventy billion, trillion...

... vermillion times bigger than you!

Jeez, this would be a great album

if I could ever listen to it.

New Vesuvius, fellas.

Waited in line two hours last night

to get it. Supposed to be amazing.

Everybody thought they peaked

when their sixth album went platinum...

...but then they came back...

...and blew the doors off

with Devil's Nursery.

- Devil's Nursery rocks.

Look at those faces.

It's the etchings of time, man.

These guys have really lived, you know?

Yeah, I know.

Oh, you a fan?

I mean, how could you not be, right?

I don't really listen

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Maya Forbes

Maya Forbes is an American screenwriter and television producer. She made her debut as a film director with Infinitely Polar Bear. Her other writing credits include the screenplay of The Rocker and many episodes of The Larry Sanders Show. more…

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