CastDavid Jensen (Izzy), Sherilyn Fenn (Allison Harden), Johanna Braddy (Olivia Harden), Gary Cole (Jerry "Dagger" Harden) Release date2004 WriterBill Ryan (story), Bill Ryan (teleplay), Dan Berendsen (teleplay) Similar moviesRelated Ron Lagomarsino movies
TaglineWait until his family finds out..
Pop rocks 2004
Pop Rocks is a 2004 American television film starring Gary Cole and Sherilyn Fenn that aired on ABC Family.
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.
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.
Gary Cole as Jerry "Dagger" Harden
Sherilyn Fenn as Allison Harden
David Jensen as Izzy
Douglas M. Griffin as Stu
Dane Hereford as Ramone
Asher Book as Liam Harden
Johanna Braddy as Olivia Harden
Joe Inscoe as Carl Hunter
Shannon Eubanks as Helen Hunter
Wilbur Fitzgerald as Donaldson
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. 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. The movie was filmed in New Orleans.
Reviewer Phil Gallo of Variety considered the film to have potential but fell "flat" in being humorless and silly.