Movies Hate You Too writes:
This generation’s musicals haven’t and probably never will reach the level of popularity the genre experienced from the 1930s through the 1960s. Musicals started to struggle in late 60s and by the 80s they were almost a complete non-entity at the box office. Hollywood, the music industry, and audiences have changed far too much for the musical to ever reach its golden era level of popularity again. To a small degree musicals have been on the mend since the early 2000s but just like any Broadway musical, the show is only as strong as its weakest link which based on Rock of Ages could spell disaster for the genre.
Singing hopeful Sherrie (Julianne Hough) arrives in LA from Tulsa with big dreams. Predictably things don’t go as planned but she’s rescued by a fellow amateur musician/bartender Drew (Diego Boneta) who gets her a job at the infamous Bourbon Room who will soon be hosting the farewell concert for the world famous Arsenal starring eccentric rock star Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise). The Bourbon Room’s owner Dennis (Alec Baldwin) needs this concert to be a huge success to stay in business while a corrupt, religious minded, rock n’ roll hating politician (Catherine Zeta-Jones) plans on shutting down The Bourbon Room and taking Stacee Jaxx down with it.