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Rock Star (2001)

Lead singer of a tribute band becomes lead singer of the real band he idolizes.

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Chris Cole was born to rock. His longtime girlfriend Emily believes his talent could take him all the way - but Chris worships at the altar of Bobby Beers, the fiery frontman for heavy metal legends Steel Dragon. By day, Chris still lives at home with his parents and spends his days repairing copy machines. But when Chris takes the stage, fronting Pennsylvania's premiere Steel Dragon tribute band, all of that disappears. Chris Cole is Bobby Beers - mesmerizing audiences with his perfect imitation of Beers' electrifying vocals. The night his bandmates boot him out of the group, Chris is devastated - until an unexpected phone call changes his life forever: He, Chris Cole, has been tapped to replace Bobby Beers as the lead singer of Steel Dragon. In an instant, Chris rockets to the dizzying heights of sudden stardom, rising from devotee to icon, from rock fan to rock god - the wanna-be who got to be. So what happens when an average guy gets everything he wants - and discovers it's not ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The story of a wanna be who got to be. See more »

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Drama | Music

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Rated R for language, sexuality and some drug content | See all certifications »

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7 September 2001 (USA)  »

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$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,018,636 (USA) (7 September 2001)

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$16,991,902 (USA) (26 October 2001)
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Three of the actresses who played the wives of the Steel Dragon band members had actually themselves been in romantic relationships with rock stars in real life. Rachel Hunter (A.C.'s wife) was in a relationship with Kip Winger (Alice Cooper, Winger) and had been married to Rod Stewart. Heidi Mark (Kirk's wife) had been married to Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe. Carrie Stevens (Ghode's wife) had been married to KISS drummer Eric Carr until Carr died of cancer. See more »

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In the Batman vs. Magnum PI drag race scene, Izzy is driving the Batmobile and Kirk Cuddy is driving a Ferrari Mondial. However, the Magnum character did not drive a Mondial, he drove a Ferrari 308 GTS. See more »

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Kirk: [Talking to each other privately] Our fans are loyal die hard fans are very life like and expect to see certain things and they want to give them what they want and if we deviate from that because one disappointed fan can turn to two four to eight and on and on, and then we're playing to a half empty hall so while I understand you want to do "your own thing", and I admire it in some small way, if you want to stay with Steel Dragon, you're going to have to reconcile with yourself to do the "Steel...
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Referenced in Hair I Go Again (2016) See more »

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Reckless
Written by Kane Roberts, Mike Slamer and Jimmy Tavis
Produced by Tom Werman
Performed by Steel Dragon
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Be Careful What You Wish For
7 December 2001 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Mark Walhberg in a great role, idolises a rock star to the extent of knowing all his songs, imitating him to perfection, and dressing like him. When the opportunity comes for him to take over his "idol's" role in the band, he jumps at the opportunity. However the role of a rock star may not be what it is cracked up to be... and relationships can change .... This movie certainly struck me as having the theme of what you attain for may not be what you think it is once you get it. Overall a really good movie with great performances from all the cast as well as the two leads, Mark Walhberg and Jennifer Aniston. It did make me feel sad, especially when Emily, (Jennifer Aniston), met up with Chris in Seattle and saw the depths to what he had sunk. If anybody ever dreamed of being a rock star or a groupie they should watch this movie to see that the lifestyle, although glamourous for a while, is very lonely and ultimately not what you may want.


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