If you lived for Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, et al., during the '80s, then you'll enjoy the nostalgic nods during this period piece about superfan Mark Wahlberg, who gets to front the heavy-metal group (Steel Dragon!) he and his buddies mimic in their tribute band. But if you don't remember the '80s, then the tone of this uneven flick should give you a pretty good idea what it was all about.
It's intermittently flashy cool (but usually plays it for campy laughs), tries to touch on some serious emotions (but comes off like a weak metal ballad) and, in the end, feels a little pointless. It's easy to like the charismatic Wahlberg as a little fish in a big debauchery-filled pond. But girlfriend Jennifer Aniston hardly tries, cruising through the film like Rachel from Friends at a rock show. The real stars here are the musicians playing band members, who--if you've ever caught a Behind the Music--not only talk the talk but have certainly walked the walk. Thank you, good night!