In this coming-of-age story, four Midwestern high school students embark on an unstoppable quest for concert tickets to the rock band KISS. Over the course of one magical night, each undergoes a harrowing and hilarious experience as their insatiable desire to see their favorite band brings them up against the authorities, their parents and the persistent influence of disco. What begins as the passionate pursuit of a rock 'n' roll fantasy becomes a series of hairpin turns and comic misadventures with one overriding goal: the liberty to pursue one's own dreams.]]>
Detroit Rock City (New Line Platinum Series)
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They want the best, but do they get the best? This movie deals with four teenaged KISS fans in 1978, whose sole purpose on one fateful day is to see their beloved KISS - LIVE in Detroit. However, when Jeremiah "Jam" Bruce's (one of the four) bible-thumping mother burns the tickets (all I can say while watching the movie is geez, I'm sure glad I don't have a mother like that), the foursome decide that it's up to them to see the concert anyway, despite the numerous obstacles - hilarity ensues. Great, enjoyable, funny romp that is worth watching again and again.
Today, watching it, something hit me: this is me and my friends in high school! Jam, Hawk, Lex and Trip are me and three of my best friends (except none of us had a mother like that, thank god)! We wore the black rock shirts to school, and hated/made fun of rap (our generation's disco). We hated the [white suburban "thug"] jocks (our generation's guidos). (Please note I don't hate all jocks, just the jerks.) Because of that, to me, this movie's actually truer to (my) adolescent life than Dazed And Confused (another great movie, some of which I can relate to, but not as much as DRC). Oh yeah, and the kickin' soundtrack doesn't hurt either!
Anyway, if you love the '70s and rock 'n' roll, you can't go wrong with the one-two punch of "Detroit Rock City" and "Dazed And Confused"! It's the perfect movie to slap "You Got Served" in the face with!
"LORD HAVE MERCY!!!"
First: It's a movie set in the early 1970s. It's NOT set in the world of today. If you weren't around back then, you're just going to have to trust what you see. I grew up then as did a number of people who have seen the movie with me. That's exactly how we remember it being. The world was a very different place back then
Second: There was not the "all good" feeling towards music back then that there is today. You listened to a particular style of music, and that was that. You didn't listen to anything else (not publicly, at least), and you got in fights defending your favorite band. That was life. Interestingly KISS was one of the first bands of the 70s to crossover to another genre (hence the comments in the car about KISS never making a disco album, that was a joke). Religious groups were lobbying hard to get KISS banned. The stuff with Marilyn Manson today is a joke by comparison. Bands like MM are directly descended from KISS, and the acceptance that they get (along with the self-promotional negative publicity) was won by hard-fought battles from the likes of KISS. Again, it was a different world back then.
Third: This movie is NOT, repeat NOT, a realistic portrayal of events as they happened on that night. It is a glorified *remembrence* of events as told to other people... It's sitting around behind the gym smoking cigarettes embellishing stories to the kids who couldn't make it to the show...
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Although not a Kiss movie its a fan movie lots of funny bits throughout!Published 2 months ago by Greg york
One of my favorite stoner movies, I always bring some munchies, order a pizza and vape when watching this flick.Published 2 months ago by Anthony H.
I enjoyed this movie when it came out at the movies ,so I thought I would buy it,and it was it was just as funny as it was in the moviesPublished 3 months ago by john milligan
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Totally agree with you man! I was just telling my brother how I put this up there pretty high on my list of all time great movies and was like, I need this on blu ray...where the heck is the blu ray? Come on New Line!!!
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