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Prey for Rock & Roll (2004)

Gina Gershon , Lori Petty , Alex Steyermark  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gina Gershon, Lori Petty, Marc Blucas, Drea de Matteo, Shelly Cole
  • Directors: Alex Steyermark
  • Writers: Cheri Lovedog, Robin Shushan
  • Producers: Gina Gershon, Alexis Magagni-Seely, Donovan Mannato, Gerald Barad, Gina Resnick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00019075S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,161 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Prey for Rock & Roll" on IMDb

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This DVD feature film is based on the true-life story of Hollywood rock veteran Cheri Lovedog. Stars Gina Gershon, Drea de Matteo, Maro Blucas and Lori Petty.

The not-so-glam side of rock is on defiant display in Prey for Rock & Roll, another well-cast Gina Gershon flick (after Showgirls and Bound) poised for cult-favorite status. Serving as co producer and star, Gershon (looking hotter than ever at age 41) is note-for-note perfect as Jacki, the tattoo-clad, pushing-40 leader of Clam Dandys, an L.A.-based all-girl rock band that's never risen above low-paying club gigs despite Jacki's 20-year experience as a wannabe rock star. On the verge of a possible recording contract, the band is close-knit but troubled: ace bassist Tracy (Drea de Matteo, from The Sopranos) has a nasty boyfriend and a drug-and-alcohol problem, while lead guitarist Faith (Lori Petty) and her lover, the band's drummer Sally (Shelly Cole) cope with the unexpected arrival of Sally's ex-con brother Animal (Marc Blucas), an unlikely virgin who's attracted to Jacki. Based on a play by rocker Cheri Lovedog (who wrote and performed most of the band's '80-styled girl-punk music, with Gershon ably handling lead vocals), this down-and-dirty chick flick falls prey to forced melodrama and obligatory tragedy, but it looks, feels, and sounds remarkably authentic, and the cast is terrific. Easily recommended despite its faults, Prey is a feminist cautionary tale for anyone who chooses rock & roll not merely as a profession, but a lifestyle that can't be denied. --Jeff Shannon

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing... March 15, 2004
What happens when you have a dream, you go for it...and you come up short? This film is a realistic portrayal of the nitty-gritty, dark underbelly of the rock scene. Jacki (Gina Gershon) is an aging rock star with real-life problems...should she keep pursuing the dream and be a 60-year old wanna-be rock star? Or is it time to stop? The movie also shows the consequences your decisions can have on your friends. Gina Gershon give a powerhouse performance hear, even signing all the vocals, and is just flat-out spectacular.
As for the quality of the DVD...the movie appears to have been filmed digitally and the picture quality is excellent for a small-budget film such as this one. The sound is great as well. I just wish there were more extras on the making of the movie & perhaps some raw footage of Gina singing.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No one is forcing you to watch, so stop whining. February 24, 2006
Firstly, I'd just like to say that I find it pretty damn hilarious how the men who reviewed this movie call it an "exploitation of women," when this movie couldn't have been farther from the truth. If you're looking for a cheap softcore porn film or lots of nude scenes, this isn't for you.

Like sports movies, I'm tired of the less-than-realistic and cheesy rock movies. You don't always make it to the big time. In fact, you don't always catch a break and get a gig playing simply in a club. This movie is the story of one band, Clam Dandy, that did not make it. A true story, by the way, for those of you who complained about the rape and other dramatic elements.

I'm not going to bother reviewing every sequence, you'll just have to watch the movie. I liked it. Period. If Gina Gershon isn't reason enough to see this movie, here's another: she sings both the songs and plays the guitar. Now that's sexy.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riot grrl turning Riot mom rocks March 11, 2004
Beyond the fact that Gina is always ever so hot, this movie is perfect aging bio for Riot grrl and punk rockers slowly creeping into middle age. The music reminds me of L7, X, and Bikini Kill and the parts all fit on wanting to live a dream til it almost gets lost in the BS of industry. I recommend this to all you aging punkers or anyone that has always liked lori petty and gina.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ho-hum... November 16, 2004
By Kimmer
Well, I really wanted to like this film. The premise is good and we need a film like this but unfortunately this one didn't do it for me. Gina is good in it - she's sassy and tough, with smartass comeback lines and cool hair but her singing was forced. In fact, the IFC documentary "Rocked! With Gina Gershon" (in which she really tours with a real band to promote PFR&R) had her singing much better and believable. The energy of the band was exciting too. As one of the reviews above noted, there is much "forced melodrama" here and cliches abound. Even her fake tattoos look fake. (If she's suppose to be a tattoo artist she wouldn't have ones that look like they were just stamped on with no style or connection to each other) What she does to Tracy's boyfriend is pretty cool though...

All in all, the actors were good but they didn't have much to work with. Too bad...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Underside of Rock & Roll October 10, 2006
To Quote the rock band KISS, "Rock and Roll All Night, Party Every day"...if you believe that, dont watch this movie.

Put together a cast of modern B-rated female actresses (Gina Gershon, Lori Petty, Drea De Matteo and Shelly Cole) in a film about a female LA club band trying to make it big and watch this film cook.

Prey for Rock & Roll is a small indy film and draws you into the story. Based on Cheryl Lovedog's plaY, This is not a female Hard Day's Night or Spice World. This FILM is a taste of real life with its darker side. Its raw filmmaking with a driven story of success and failure mixed with death and life. This is NOT American Idol, this is real life Rock & Roll 101. This is not hype, but it does get heavy handed in spots. This R rating this film has is earned, but it is needed to move this story. You can smell the darkeness of one's soul from this movie

Now to the acting.... Gina Gershon is amazing, best since her role in Showgirls. The part of an over 40 year old rocker is taylor made for here. She sings the Cheryl Lovedog songs with so much passion and heart, you wonder when her album is coming out. And in their what happened to them department, Welcome back to filmmaking Ms Lori Petty--this is not a League of Our Own, but you blend well in this film. Drea de Matteo , i see why you won your Emmy, too bad not many in the Oscar area saw this would have had one of those too!

If you are seeking a nice cute, clean rock & roll film, rent A Hard Day's Night. Help, Spice Girls or Sgt Pepper...If you want a real slice of what it means to live, breath and love what Rock & Roll is and its not so pretty underside, THIS IS YOUR MOVIE.

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a film for the uptight December 9, 2006
Being someone who actually lives in LA, who used to frequent the rock clubs of Hollywood where this film is set (not Silverlake -- Argyle crosses Hollywood Blvd near Vine) and WeHo, who is friends with many musicians, straight, gay and in between, and who LOVES most expressions of rock, I love this film for its realism and passion. I wish there were more films that told it like it is instead of the plasticized fantasies than some reviewers seem to have expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i love this movie. if you are in a band you will love this.
Published 3 months ago by Brandon Harwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie with a couple big flaws
Gina Gershon is great, and the dialogue is sharp. They capture the Scene effectively. But deus ex machina spoiled things.
Published 5 months ago by Jess Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Rock N Roll Movie!
Not many movies in this genre. Gina Gershon is wonderful and Lorie Petty is superb! She's one of our greatest talents and often overlooked. And Drea de Matteo is spot on!
Published 5 months ago by Robert Lange
5.0 out of 5 stars Seen this in High School...still watching it almost ten years later
Great plot and great music and great characters. I like this movie because it shows you the backstory and the life of a girl rocker who is just a musician... Read more
Published 7 months ago by anamaric17
4.0 out of 5 stars Under Rated Movie
It's not great cinema, but it is an enjoyable story with a good ensemble cast. Gina Gershon does a good job of looking and playing a women who has a hard life.
Published 9 months ago by jobrumo
3.0 out of 5 stars Special to Fans of Joan Jett and the Runaways
Gina Gershon is an intense, talented actress. Who knew she could also be a rockstar? Joan Jett fans will love her in this movie, which is why I did. Read more
Published 10 months ago by hardtoplease
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Out
I chose to use five stars because i enjoy this movie. It is inspirational for keeping your dreams alive. Its awesome.
Published 19 months ago by Heather bolland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
The movie wan't what I thought it would be about. It was a real shocker. All in all it was a great movie. Read more
Published 19 months ago by marilyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good movie and great music......
I really like this movie and the music kicks butt too. It seems like a pretty good depiction of the LA music scene. A little gritty, dangerous and exciting.
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars What Do You Do If Your Dreams Don't Come True?
Based on the autobiographical play by Cheri Lovedog, Prey for Rock & Roll is episodic and ultimately unsatisfying as a narrative, but makes up for it with a lot of heart and... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Steven J. Weller
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