Rarely gets on a roll. US, 122 min

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As a hit stage mu­si­cal, Rock of Ages had au­di­ences in a state of fist-pump­ing, air-gui­tar­ing nir­vana from the get-go. As a ma­jor mo­tion pic­ture, Rock of Ages won’t have many on­look­ers hold­ing a cig­a­rette lighter aloft in trib­ute. A gar­ish glit­ter bomb packed tight with equal amounts of brash­ness and bland­ness, ROA is DOA once the nov­elty of its stunt cast­ing of Tom Cruise as a louche rock god wears off. The screen­play hews closely to the stage ver­sion, serv­ing up a drab lit­tle love story be­tween a pair of small-timers (Ju­lianne Hough, Diego Boneta) im­pa­tiently wait­ing for their shot at the big time. Clas­sic ’80s num­bers war­bled pri­mar­ily for laughs (such as an Alec Bald­win and Rus­sell Brand duet on REO Speed­wagon’s I Can’t Fight This Feel­ing) fare the best. Oth­er­wise, at a run­ning time of two hours, Rock of Ages takes an eter­nity to churn through its long list of sin­ga­longs for din­gal­ings. Sub­tract Cruise (weird, but of­ten great) from the mix, and all that re­mains is Mamma Mia! with a sock stuffed down its crotch. Co-stars Cather­ine Zeta-Jones.

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