Metal Meltdown

Marky Mark becomes a Rock Star, but he doesn't get to enjoy it

From Marky Mark to Metal Mark, the evolution of Mark Wahlberg is complete.
From Marky Mark to Metal Mark, the evolution of Mark Wahlberg is complete.

It's as though Herek and Stockwell (who wrote HBO's Breast Men) felt that in order to make a "serious" rock movie, they had to capitulate to the genre's worst excesses, and so we're treated to countless scenes of dance-floor orgies (complete with chicks with dicks), backstage "pussy passes," drug binges, trashed hotel rooms and blood transfusions. Herek's made a bloated concept album about faith and redemption and left off all the good songs--the ones that make you wanna pump your fist in the air, wave your Bic and scream for vengeance. Rock Star takes itself so seriously it becomes full-on parody--This is Spinal Tap as a sanctimonious cautionary tale. And how rock and roll is that?

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