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Prey for Rock & Roll (2003)



Critic Consensus: Gershon is a fierce rocker, but the plot is a cliche-filled melodrama.

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Jacki (Gina Gershon, who also served as a producer) has always wanted to be a rock star. But after years of struggling to make it, she's turning 40, and she's thinking of giving it up. "Do you ever think about being 50 or 60 years old, hauling our gear around, passing out flyers, fighting with bookers, and still sweating around?" she asks her bandmates. Faith (Lori Petty), the talented lead guitarist, gives guitar lessons to hyperactive teens on the side. Faith is seriously involved with the much younger Sally (Shelly Cole of TV's Gilmore Girls), the band's good-natured drummer. Tracy (Drea de Matteo of HBO's The Sopranos), the bass player, is a trust-fund baby with a substance abuse problem and a manipulative lowlife boyfriend, Nick (Ivan Martin). Jacki's thoughts of quitting are put on hold when the band gets a shot at a recording contract for an independent label and a gig opening for X. Then Sally's big brother, Animal (Marc Blucas, formerly of TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer), arrives in town, fresh out of prison, and stirs up Jacki's romantic life. But when two tragic events shake the band, Jacki is again forced to consider finding something else to do with her life. Prey for Rock & Roll was written by Cheri Lovedog, based on her own experiences in the rock world. It was originally performed as a stage play at CBGB in New York. The stage production was directed by Robin Whitehouse, who gets a writing credit for the screenplay. The film marks the directorial debut of accomplished film music producer Alex Steyermark. It was shown at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Ashley Eckstein
as Punk Rock Girl
Texas Terri
as Herself
Sandra Seacat
as Jacki's Mom
Johanna Portman
as Sorority Girl No. 1
Hallie King
as Sorority Girl No. 2
Benjamin Benitez
as Drug Dealer
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Critic Reviews for Prey for Rock & Roll

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (18)

Gershon is game, but she can't rock. As her fellow band members, however, Drea de Matteo is a goddess of cool and Lori Petty breaks your heart. Steven Trask's music is as much a plus here...

August 27, 2019 | Full Review…

The film has its sensibilities in the right place.

March 16, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

Aside from Ms. Gershon's performance (none of the other cast members actually played), there's little to elevate the music -- or the movie -- above cliché.

December 18, 2003 | Rating: C+

Played with the right combination of weariness and optimism by Gina Gershon, Jacki will be recognizable to any woman who has ever strapped on a guitar and plugged in, as well as to those of us who have encountered her.

November 14, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A rock drama that's hung over with inauthenticity.

November 7, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

It's a raw and raucous rock story that, for once, gets the big picture and the small details right.

October 23, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Prey for Rock & Roll

And this is why I don't like "indies". Are the people who write them incapable of happy endings? Or even a positive ending? I'd settle for a hopeful ending. But no. And it's a shame, because a film like this, that details an endless struggle, NEEDS an upbeat ending.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer


This is supposed to be some dyke must-see, however, the only thing it's got going for it, is exactly that. The women look super-sexy on stage (Gina Gherson, Drea De Matteo and Lori Petty are not only fit but believably bad-ass) yet the film itself is poorely scripted and awfully lit, and if it didn't have Hedwig's Steven Trask taking care of the music, I think it would have sucked big time. If you want to spend some time feasting your eyes on the leads, then this movie is for you. If, however, you expect something deeper, you will have to feel content with the "I heart Music that's why I am still 40 and play it" over-riding theme, which may in itself not be so bad, yet it hardly gives us any additional insight into life as such.

Anastasia  Bartzoulianou
Anastasia Bartzoulianou

Super Reviewer

This movie is one of her best!

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Leo L

Super Reviewer

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