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‘The Rocker’ getting beat up by the critics

For a while now, we’ve been looking forward to Rainn Wilson’s The Rocker – a flick about a washed up drummer getting a second chance at stardom.

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Now that the movie has been released the reviews are starting to come in and so far, it doesn’t look so good for The Office star.  Review aggregator site, Rottentomatoes.com has it only listed at 37% fresh.  Ouch.  Here are some of the most brutal reviews …

Memo to Rainn Wilson: A shot of a paunchy middle-aged man in jockey shorts is not automatically funny. Okay, it kind of is. But The Rocker is as formulaic as a Whitesnake song without the virtue of a four-minute running time.

Sadly, The Rocker is so rife with formula that a pre-school could wet nurse on it indefinitely and still never go hungry. Read more

Banging away on Neil’s kit for research

To prepare for an upcoming role, Rainn Wilson (aka Dwight Schrute in NBC’s The Office) the actor practiced on Neil Peart’s (yes, THAT Neil Peart) kit in Winnipeg.

… I got to see them on their warmup for their tour and got to meet Neil Peart, who probably is the greatest drummer of all time,” Wilson said. “He let me sit behind his kit and play it. So I was initiated in the world of drumming.”

You can read more here …

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