Family Film Guide: 'Rock of Ages'
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Suitable for: Teens and older.
What you should know: This is a movie version of the stage musical, set in 1987 and starring Tom Cruise as a degenerate rocker about to leave his band and go solo, Julianne Hough as a wide-eyed Oklahoma woman just off the bus in Los Angeles, Alec Baldwin as the owner of a club on Sunset Strip and Catherine Zeta-Jones as the crusading wife of the mayor who wants to clean up the Strip and considers rock music hateful and filthy. It's most notable for its soundtrack of 1980s rock anthems.
Language: One f-word, a couple of uses of profanity and a dozen milder words along with some obvious double-entendres.
Sexual situations and nudity: Range from mild to wild kisses, between a man and woman or (very quickly) two men, and couples noisily thrashing around in a restroom or in a compromising position poised to have sex. A man, clad in leather pants with most of his butt cheeks exposed and featuring a decorative codpiece, wakes up with three or four women draped around and over him. A woman spanks a man with a ruler as part of their illicit affair in a scene played for laughs. A woman is topless in an old discreetly shown photo. Some scenes are set in a gentlemen's club where scantily clad (but not naked) women work the poles.
Violence/scary situations: A mugger grabs a newcomer's suitcase, and a slap across the face is delivered.
Alcohol and drug use: With a bar doubling as the main backdrop, the booze flows freely.
First Published June 15, 2012 12:00 am