Is Rock of Ages cursed because producers took millions in state subsidies by making the film in Miami-Dade and Broward counties yet used the area as a body double for Tinseltown?
Did industry viewers figure out that the film’s Hollywood sign was built last May on top of years of South Florida garbage in a 200-foot-tall Pompano Beach landfill known as Mount Trashmore?
Or are names like Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti, Mary J.Blige, Russell Brand and Julianne Hough no longer good enough to carry a movie?
Whatever it is, reviews of Rock of Ages have been brutal!
The Hollywood Reporter reflects most early opinions in the entertainment biz when it says director Adam Shankman succeeded in “draining most of the fun out of the vehicle that was all about the winking humor of its flagrant cheesiness!”
Diverse blogs describe Rock of Ages as “weak,” “terrible,” “pitiful,” having “too many songs” and failing “to deliver.”
Entertainmentwise.com was somewhat positive, but even its endorsement of the Broadway adaptation is lukewarm at best: “The stars are big enough, the musical numbers well executed and the stupidity charming enough to just about pull it off.”
Barely, it sounds!