Rock Star

  • Directors: Stephen Herek
  • Producers:
  • Writers: John Stockwell
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music
  • Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston

Rock Star tells the story of Chris Cole and a rock band called Steel Dragon. Cole is a photocopier technician by day, and the lead singer of a Steel Dragon tribute band called “Blood Pollution” by night.

Internal struggles between the Steel Dragon band members culminate with the firing of the lead singer, Bobby Beers (Jason Flemyng) and the starting of recruitment sessions to find a new vocalist. Chris experiences his own internal strife with his bandmates, particularly guitarist Rob Malcolm (Timothy Olyphant) and is fired from Blood Pollution. He is given an audition with Steel Dragon (thanks to two of Blood Pollution’s groupies who had a tape of one of their concerts) and joins them as their new singer, adopting the stage name “Izzy.”

Following a successful debut concert with Steel Dragon, Izzy has to come to grips with the pressures of his newfound fame and success. The band embarks on a lengthy tour and Izzy experiences the excesses of the lifestyle. His new lifestyle impacts his life both for better and worse, particularly with his relationship with his supportive girlfriend, Emily (Jennifer Aniston). The group’s band manager Mats (Timothy Spall) serves as a sympathetic mentor to Izzy.

Izzy (now Chris Cole again) makes his way to Seattle and starts a new coffee-house rock band. (An allusion to the end of 1980s hair metal and the beginnings of the grunge rock movement) He finds Emily working in the coffee shop she and her roommate purchased a few months earlier, but is initially too ashamed to meet her. While walking one evening, Emily sees a flyer for his band posted on the wall and takes it down. In the final scene, Chris is singing with his band in a bar and Emily walks in. Chris leaves the stage and meets her. They reconcile, ending the film with a kiss.

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