Detroit Rock City
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Are you ready for the hottest band in the land? It's 1978 in Detroit, and pretty much any teenager who isn't a total wimp is totally stoked for the upcoming Kiss concert (as anyone who ever listened to Kiss Alive! knows, Detroit has always loved this band). But four proud members of the Kiss Army find themselves without tickets to the show, and one has to deal with a mother who is convinced that Kiss and their music are evil incarnate. Will they be able to foil scalpers, security, and paranoid parents to witness the fire-spitting, blood-puking, hard rock frenzy that is Kiss on stage?… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A valentine to sex, drugs, and cutting school."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"sorely in need of the authenticity and easy humor of "Dazed and Confused," the 1994 Richard Linklater comedy it's obviously trying hard to imitate."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"high energy farce"
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"A wonderful, funny film that manages to strike a nice balance of John Hughes teen comedy and late-'70s period piece."
‑ Thom Bennett, Film Journal International
"What works for rocking and rolling all night (and partying every day) doesn't necessarily hold true for movies."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Rifkin rocks and rolls in coming-of-age comedy."
‑ Jim Bartoo,
"A nice, respective try, but Detroit Rock City just misses the mark."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"Surprisingly amiable for a film that claims to 'kiss the rules goodbye.'"
‑ David N. Butterworth,
"The movie isn't a trailblazer; it's an exuberantly trashy party, a comedy of lowdown defeats and triumphs."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"The notion of music's cultural definition for people isn't taken for granted by Detroit Rock City's makers."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Look, that guy just got clocked by a telephone receiver. Twice. See? Funny!"
‑ Shay Casey,
"Set in the 1970's and produced by Gene Simmons (among others), this scrawny little script eventually becomes a rich film."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
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