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Overall D

Tom Cruise plays a heavy metal superstar in the film adaptation of the 2006 Broadway musical Rock of Ages. Set in the 1980s, the story also follows two aspiring performers who find love while seeking fame in Hollywood.

Violence B
Sexual Content D
Profanity D+
Substance Use C-

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, suggestive dancing, some heavy drinking, and language.

Talk to your kids about…

Rock of Ages

Why can it be difficult for a performer to avoid the pitfalls of fame? How can popularity affect an artist’s edge? What compromises does Drew make for the sake of being on stage? How realistic is Sherrie’s dream of making it big in Los Angeles?

What is the cultural significance of Rock-n-Roll? How has this musical genre influenced performers through the decades? Who do you think is the most influential performer or band? How does this film further the conventions of rock-n-roll?

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