ROCK OF AGES
Starring: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand,
Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman,
Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin & Tom Cruise
Directed by Adam Shankman for distribution by New Line Cinema (WB)
The Plot: The story of a relationship between a small town girl and a city boy in Hollywood plays out with some of rock’s best known anthems woven into the mix.
The Final Word: Based on the long-running Tony-winning musical of the same name, “Rock Of Ages” has a who’s who of Hollywood elite among its ensemble capped off by Tom Cruise. Given how well past musical film adaptations such as “Chicago” and “Hairspray” have done in recent years at the box office, there’s no reason to think this won’t be as successful.
THAT’S MY BOY
Starring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, James Caan,
Eva Amurri, Susan Sarandon, Milo Ventimiglia, Will Forte,
Colin Quinn, Todd Bridges, Vanilla Ice & Ian Ziering
Directed by Sean Anders for distribution by Columbia Pictures (Sony)
The Plot: A deadbeat dad re-enters his son’s life on the eve of his wedding and causes havoc in the process.
The Final Word: While “Jack and Jill” was a complete miss, the fact remains Adam Sandler still sells tickets and he does so especially well during the summer. This isn’t going to make any critic’s best-of lists at the end of the year, but it should do well enough to make people forget about Sandler in drag; we hope.