Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx

DISCLAIMER: If you were not a teenager or young adult in the mid- to late-1980s, or if you were too busy listening to Alabama and Hank Jr. to appreciate Whitesnake and Def Leppard and Guns ‘N Roses, this movie is not for you. If, however, you are like me and had “Whitesnake Rules” inscribed on all your notebooks (surrounded by lightning bolts or skulls), you will LOVE Rock of Ages.

I saw the live musical last year and I was not disappointed with the movie. Despite all the negative reviews I read before seeing the film, I couldn’t help but have a head-bangin’ good time.  My husband Michael and I laughed out loud throughout, sang along, and seriously rocked out (and made out to the 80s ballads).  Although I have not been a big fan of Tom Cruise in recent years, HE OWNED THE ROLE OF STACEE JAXX. He really put his all into this character, and I thought he was incredible. It was like he was channeling Axel Rose and every other washed up rocker from that era. His voice, mannerisms, and stage presence were bitchin’, and his rendition of Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me” was totally wicked.  So, in conclusion, if you are a proud (or closet) hair band enthusiast and recall the 1980s as fondly as I do, RUN don’t walk to your nearest theatre and see Rock of Ages.

Rock on.