Mötley Crüe, Poison, Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi. These are names that conjure up an era of big-hair, power-ballads, and hedonistic excess in the Reagan era. Adam Shankman’s adaptation of the jukebox musical Rock of Ages
trades on our nostalgia for that time, using the songs from the period to fashion an unconvincing, if fitfully amusing, love letter to the spirit of rock and roll.
The movie takes place primarily at the Bourbon Room, a struggling rock club on L.A.’s Sunset Strip owned by Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin) who runs the place with his right-hand man Lonny (Russell Brand). They are preparing to mount the farewell concert for the band Arsenal, whose ...