Stephen Herek's Rock Star, based loosely on the shenanigans surrounding the change in lead singers for the band Judas Priest, plays like a modern-day fairy tale. Unfortunately, as in many fables, the characters are less clearly delineated than their moral dilemmas. Here, instead of observing real individuals struggling with issues, we are confronted with ciphers wrestling with situations that have been neutered by the need to conform to comfortable formulas. Rock Star becomes a simple narrative about a man torn between living out his fantasy and chasing his dream.
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