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Prey For Rock And Roll

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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.

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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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00019075S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,786 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Prey For Rock And Roll" on IMDb

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By Conway Stern VINE VOICE on March 15, 2004
Format: DVD
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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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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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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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 film...you 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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By Kimmer on November 16, 2004
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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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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 energy. The question being explored is a difficult one: what about all of the artists who are talented, dedicated, and who aren't going to make it? On the eve of her 40th birthday, Gina Gershon's Jacki re-examines her life and her choices as her girlfriend walks out on her. She's put her career, such as it is, ahead of their relationship one too many times. Her band, the Clam Dandies, has been playing LA's rock clubs for years without ever getting a record deal, and the fact that the opportunity has largely passed them by weighs heavy on all of them. The club scene rogues' gallery includes Laura Petty's Faith, a guitar teacher by day; her much-younger girlfriend Sally (Shelly Cole); and Drea de Matteo's Tracy, a trust-fund kid on the rapid decline. The music they make together is fun and energetic but it isn't going to make anybody famous, though that seems like it's almost beside the point. As Jacki puts it, she can either be a bitter rock chick who's in a band, or be a bitter rock chick who's not in a band, and that's not a hard choice at all. The performances throughout are solid and the tech specs (this was an early entry in the Digital Acquisition trend) are where they belong. If you know the rock n' roll club scene (in probably any city in America, at least), this will probably resonate. Whether or not you enjoy it will probably depend on where you are, in that scene.
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