Rock of Ages

Rated 3.0

The hit Broadway play featuring ’80s hair rock comes to the big screen courtesy of director Adam Shankman (Hairspray) and the results are a mixed bag. But one of the things in that bag would be Tom Cruise as jaded rock star Stacee Jaxx, a role that affords Mr. Cruise the opportunity to sing, and sing well. He belts out songs like “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Wanted Dead or Alive” with such authority, it’s a wonder we haven’t heard this guy singing sooner. Julianne Hough is so-so in your typical “girl moves to the big city to make it big” role. Other members of the cast, including Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones all have some fun singing crap songs. The movie is overlong, and not too bright, yet enjoyable whenever Cruise takes over. It’s sort of worth seeing for him.