The Rocker | Screen | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

The Rocker

Not very funny comedy about a aging metal-head and his teen-age band

What do you get when you mix The Office's Dwight Shrute with an adorable, floppy-haired alterna-teen band? Answer: A comedy from Paul Cattaneo that isn't nasty enough for adults or bubbly enough for the young'uns. A thirtysomething peevish slacker (Rainn Wilson), who once played in a '80s hair-metal band, hooks up with his young nephew and his pals to form a new band. They hit the road ... where surprisingly few adventures and mishaps await. Also in short supply: laughs. The jokes feel like outtakes from Spinal Tap and any recent teen movie of your choice. Furthermore, Wilson never makes us care about his sad-sack of a character, Robert "Fish" Fishman, who is barely sketched out beyond infantile, irritating and not half as funny as he thinks he is. (AH)

Flamingo Fest at the National Aviary
27 images

Flamingo Fest at the National Aviary

By Mars Johnson