Pop Rocks (film)

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Pop Rocks
Screenplay byWilliam Ryan
Dan Berendsen[1]
Story byWilliam Ryan[1]
Directed byRon Lagomarsino
StarringGary Cole
Sherilyn Fenn
Music by
  • David Lawrence
  • Michael Bradford
  • (original songs)[1]
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
  • Patricia Clifford (executive)
  • Jacqueline George
  • Peter Karabats (co-producer)[1]
Editor(s)Craig Bench[1]
Running time120 minutes[1]
Production company(s)ABC Family Productions
Patricia Clifford Productions
DistributorDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Original networkABC Family
Original release
  • September 10, 2004 (2004-09-10)

Pop Rocks is a 2004 American television film starring Gary Cole and Sherilyn Fenn that aired on ABC Family.[1]


Bank loan officer Jerry Harden has his life turned upside down when a scruffy-looking guitarist named Izzy shows up at his bank office. It is revealed that Jerry was a member of a hard rock/glam metal band called Rock Toxin, and the members are planning a one-time-only reunion. Jerry is reluctant, as he prefers suburbia to the wild rock lifestyle he left behind, but is forced to reconsider when he finds that he doesn't have enough money to send his 17-year-old daughter Olivia to college.[1]

Since Jerry has never told his wife Allison about being in the band, he embarks upon living a hectic double life: nerdish pillar of society by day and heavily-made-up rock singer by night. Since the group Rock Toxin wore heavy "Kiss"-like makeup he doesn't think anyone will ever find out about his alternative persona, but this is when his troubles truly begin. Jerry fights to keep his past hidden while taking part in the concert which all the town will be attending. But only the truth can save his family if it isn't too late.[1]



With the death of ABC Family programming executive Linda Mancuso in December 2003, Disney Channel original programming leaders, executive vice president of original programming and production Gary Marsh and original movies vice president Michael Healy took charge over ABC Family's original movies unit in early 2004. They move away from the planned romantic comedies to green light two telefilms, Crimes of Fashion and Head Rush.[3] By May 10, 2004, Head Rush was renamed Pop Rocks! and had signed its two lead actors, Gary Cole and Sherilyn Fenn. Patricia Clifford was signed on as executive producer and Ron Lagomarsino as director.[2] The movie was filmed in New Orleans.[1]


Reviewer Phil Gallo of Variety considered the film to have potential but fell "flat" in being humorless and silly.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Phil Gallo (September 8, 2004). "Review: 'Pop Rocks'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  2. ^ a b "Development Update: May 6–10". TheFutonCritic.com. May 10, 2004. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  3. ^ Martin, Denise (March 25, 2004). "ABC Family grows into new fields with two pix". Daily Variety. Archived from the original on March 23, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2017.

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