Detroit Rock City

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6.91 h 34 min1999X-RayR
Edward Furlong and Natasha Lyonne star in this lively, hard-rocking coming-of-age comedy about four boys desperate to attend a KISS concert in Detroit.
Directors
Adam Rifkin
Starring
Giuseppe AndrewsJames DeBelloEdward Furlong
Genres
ComedyArts, Entertainment, and Culture
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Sam HuntingtonLin ShayeMelanie LynskeyNatasha LyonneMiles DougalNick ScottiEmmanuelle ChriquiShannon Tweed
Producers
Kathleen HaaseBarry LevineGene Simmons
Studio
New Line
Rating
R (Restricted)
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Smokingalcohol usefoul languagesexual contentviolence
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SciFi-Kaiju-Guy @ TeePublicReviewed in the United States on July 5, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Part road trip, part celebration of the greatest rock show on earth. DETROIT ROCK CITY is a lot of big, raunchy laughs.
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THE STORY: Four average high school guys from Cleveland who are rabid fans of KISS are bound and determined to get to the Motor City on Friday the 13th, 1978 to see their rock & roll heroes perform live in concert at Cobo Hall. They've been torpedoed twice before and are therefore willing to do just about anything to insure that the proverbial third time IS the charm. However everything that can go wrong, it seems, does go wrong along the way. The odds appear to be stacked against the boys as they encounter obstacle after obstacle in their quest to reach DETROIT ROCK CITY. What are they willing to sacrifice to get there? Will they make it?

THOUGHTS: Part tribute to the gods of rock showmanship and part crazy road trip, DETROIT ROCK CITY is a lot of infectious, energetic fun. The four leads are very winning in their various roles. Poised for stardom but never made it there actor Edward Furlong gets in the last of his four decent roles, (T2, Pecker, American History X, and this film), before fading away into obscurity, playing the boys' leader, Hawk. Giuseppe Andrews is solid as Lex, and James DeBello is side-splittingly funny as Trip. Sam Huntington also stands out in a star-making turn as the youngest member of the gang, Jam. All four boys face some major challenges, both together and apart, and will have a lot of growing up to do if they are to succeed in their mission. It's no surprise that KISS haters rip on this film but surprisingly even some KISS fans tear it a new one - complaining that there isn't enough KISS! I suppose I can understand that somewhat. This movie is NOT a concert film, and I think that's what a lot of fans were expecting or hoping for. I honestly didn't know what to expect when I walked into the theater back in 1999, but I was very pleasantly surprised. I've also read reviews bemoaning that DRC is too similar to DAZED & CONFUSED. I never saw that film so I cannot say. Plus, I really don't care. Sorry folks, I'm not going to grumble about what a film "almost is" or what other movie "it's a lot like" or whatever. I'm taking DRC at face value for exactly what it is, and what it is is one hell of a lot of fun. This is likely director Adam Rifkin's best film. The cinematography is really terrific; filled with all kinds of energetic camera moves, pans and crazy angles that give the movie a throwback 70's sitcom visual style perfect for the period in which it is set. The production design goes hand-in-hand with the cinematic style. There are so many visual & dialogue easter eggs for KISS fans plus a TON of things to spot throughout the film that are sure to trigger a flood of memories for children of the 1970's. The sound design is really awesome, too; lots of amusing sound bites accompany the camera moves and some of the action, giving the film a unique, almost slapstick look & feel. And speaking of the sounds... man oh man, this film has a killer soundtrack packed to the gills with groovy 70's rock nuggets, as well as some pop (and even disco >BOO!<) tunes thrown into the mix. Every song is perfectly chosen and accents the on-screen antics flawlessly. Well done! And lastly I wanted to mention that for a raunchy road trip film with crass language and sex-driven jokes this movie is surprisingly sweet and has a big heart, too. But please note, this film is still very much an R-rated flick and is therefor most definitely NOT appropriate for little kids. There are a TON of F-bombs throughout the movie, some brief female nudity, drug (pot) use, and even a bit of bloody violence as well, so please keep this away from the young ones. Everyone else however, is welcome to join in the fun of seeing if these KISS-obsessed horndogs from Cleveland can make it to the heart of Detroit to see "The Greatest Rock-N-Roll Show on The Face of The Earth."

THE BLU-RAY. This high-def release from Warner video is a solid value. The film appears to be free of dirt & debris and the picture is nice and sharp. No artifacting or pixelation, even in the numerous low light and nighttime scenes. The soundmix is strong and consistent. The playback level is even; quiet scenes are balanced nicely with the rowdier sequences and music track. Please be warned that this Blu-ray does not offer anything new over the DVD version beyond the improved picture clarity & sound (which were more than enough reason for me to double dip). For better or worse, the extras are just ported over from from the DVD release. Still, most of the bonus features are pretty good and combined they are as long (or longer) than the feature film itself, which makes this a real bargain, especially for movie buffs, trivia lovers and KISS fanatics. The three audio commentary tracks alone (director, cast & crew, and the four members of KISS) are an excellent listen and make it worth the purchase if you don't already own the film. I freely admit that I was a KISS fan as a young boy, but thankfully my mom wasn't quite as hard-nosed as Jam's! I had some KISS memorabilia, owned ALIVE II (which I must've played a zillion times), a few of their other albums and dreamed of seeing them in concert one day. I was much younger than the guys in this film so by the time I was old enough to go on my own the group had already split up. Happily, I finally got to see them as an adult during their original 1997 reunion tour and it was an unabashed nostalgia-fueled blast. For that, plus the good & bad memories of growing up during the amazing MESSterpiece that was the 1970's I'm giving the high-def Blu-ray release of DETROIT ROCK CITY a full 5 STARS.
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PyrielReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fabulous Rock Cult Classic
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For me this flick is a rock cult classic. I love this movie. Every actor and actress are purely enjoyable to watch and see their character development unfold right before your eyes. It's a wild and crazy ride. The energy and chemistry each cast memeber expresses amongst each other is just perfect..

Of course having Kiss as the main reward is an A-list movie on its own but the script itself is just tons of fun.

To this day, I love how they captured the essence and passion it felt to go to a concert you have been dying to see.
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fourminutestimeReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
hilarious buddy movie. i laughed a lot, great performances. fun trip movie
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the movie starts in high school with 4 metalheads that are in a metal band and they want to see their favorite band KISS. Pretty simple premise, they start hanging out in school and when they realize they lost their tickets they go on a trip to try to get tickets in Detroit.
their relationship to each other was very funny, the jokes they said to each other are very funny. as someone who likes metal, a lot of this movie spoke to me. their friendship and their jokes to each other rang true to me. they go on a road trip and meet a disco girl that they pick up from the road, then they get into more adventures
for me, the entire movie was hilarious from beginning to end. the 4 guys are very funny and the dialogue is always sharp and funny. the adventures they get into are pretty wild and outrageous, each guy gets into some crazy stuff trying to get those KISS tickets. i loved the movie
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Wigged Out Fat GuyReviewed in the United States on December 17, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Eddy Furlong's strip tease is probably the highlight of the film
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When I was a kid, I was not allowed to listen to rock music until I was around 12 years old. The only exception to this rule was I had a cousin and uncle that were big Kiss fans, and when I was visiting them they would play Kiss. As a result that band will forever hold a special place in my history.

That said, I totally relate to the kids in this movie, especially Jam. It's a coming of age movie for those of us that didn't grow up in the cliques of popularity, the misfits that shunned the mainstream. Once I discovered Rock and Roll, I knew who I was, and I think this movie speaks to anyone that feels the same. Also, it's hilarious. Eddy Furlong's strip tease is probably the highlight of the film.
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Ashley ThorntonReviewed in the United States on June 12, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love this movie
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I watched this movie a long time ago in high school and it has always been one of my favorites. I bought it on Amazon and the movie still lives up watching it again over 10 years later.
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Richard J. WaldenReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Stupid Funny!!!
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Cool movie w/some good music and lots of 70’s nostalgia: Hilarious at points w/a solid cast and a couple of really cool guest spots. If you liked Kiss at all you will probably enjoy this movie.
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Tannah BReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Detroit Rock City Rocks!
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This story of four stoner friends off to Detroit to see one of the greatest bands of all time is possibly one of the best movies I have ever seen. What makes it even better is Kiss is actually in the movie not just poorly dressed actors lipsyncing the words. Each friend gets their own separate adventure and it brings them all together in the end. There is lots of laughs, love, high school related drama, and some very interesting scenes involving mothers! I do not recommend this movie for anyone under 13 based on the drugs, sex, and cursing. But besides all that this is an epic movie to watch and the music is absolutely rockstar amazing!
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Cradle of FishReviewed in the United States on March 17, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
This movie is AWESOME!
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This is one of the greatest "road trip" movies ever! The whole movie is great from beginning to end. Two of my favorite parts are... "We should pick her up" (referring to a girl walking down the road), "No way, horror movies start out that way!", "Yeah, but PORN movies start out that way too!" and "KISS would NEVER do a disco album!". That disco thing, if you are not familiar with the band KISS, did indeed release a "disco" album called Dynasty, which is one of their best albums by the way.

The crap these guys go through just to go see KISS for the first time, after missing their last three concerts, is what makes this movie great. I wouldn't be surprised if stuff like that actually happened to real KISS fans back in the late 70's. Get this movie and just over $5 it's a steal!
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