Mr. Movie

Wilson, 'The Rocker' carry decent beat

In politically correct America, I’m one of the few people I know not easily offended.

The Rocker offended me.

Not the movie. It ended up being kind of sweet. The character Robert “Fish” Fishman is the offender.

Comedian Rainn Wilson plays Fishman, a 1980s metal-head drummer, who — on the verge of superstardom — is unceremoniously dumped from his band. He never gets over the slight.

Fast-forward 20 years and the band of his still-in-high-school nephew needs a drummer. They ask the “old” guy to bang the skins at the prom.

Things click. Fish and the teens quickly find themselves the nation’s hottest musical act. After two decades of stifling his personality, Fishman’s party animal rears its ugly head.

The kids don’t get it — their parents don’t get him. And the role-reversal isn’t that funny.

Tossed into the TV movie of the week plot is Fishman’s father-figure connection to a young genius songwriter. His mom — done with a breath of fresh air by Christina Applegate — becomes Fishman’s love interest.

That’s later — if you’re still awake.

Praise can be offered for the good job Wilson does faking drum chops on the film’s songs. The lip sync done by the kids isn’t bad. Even the songs are tolerable.

With bug eyes and saggy, jowly face, Wilson is the latest in a long line of TV comics drumming up support for a movie career. He’s a natural sad sack and no doubt funny on TVs The Office. I’ve never seen the show and probably never will. So why am I offended?

I’m a drummer. Drummers just aren’t dorky. They are the heart and soul of a band, solid, dependable. Drummers aren’t clueless, socially awkward or clumsy.

Guitarists on the other hand…

Rated PG-13 for mature themes. It opens today at the Carmike 12 and at the Fairchild Cinemas 12.

Mr. Movie rating: 3 stars

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself

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