Marvin Aday, popularly known as Meat Loaf, is unquestionably a unique rock performer, but the story of his life follows a familiar TV-biopic path. Starting at a 1978 concert, the film flashes back to 1958, when overweight child "Meat Loaf" Aday (John Kai Jacobsen) is mired in an unhappy Dallas childhood. Young Meat Loaf cares for his cancer-stricken mother while dealing with verbal abuse from his alcoholic father, Wes Aday (Kim Robillard). Though psychologically damaged by father's taunts about his size, Meat Loaf (W. Earl Brown) eventually drops a few pounds and starts to shine in college. At the tail end of the hippie era, the nascent performer lands a gig in the...