My impression, first, was that they were not understanding how bad the music they picked for the movie really is. Then I thought they didn’t seem to understand that what they’re stated goal is (a musical that guys will want to see and bring their girlfriends to) was stupid.
When they started in on the whole “mashup” thing, that’s when it all really started to fall apart for me. You aren’t going to make Poison and Europe any better by doing a mashup of their songs. Or Dokken and Winger. Or whoever.
I guess my biggest beef is that they picked, IMO, the worst possible music to use in a transparent effort to appeal to someone’s nostalgia, except they seem to not have noticed that the time period their using was more than 25 years ago, and so their target demographic is a very small number of males who are now 40-55 years old. Most anyone younger than that either didn’t listen to hair metal and/or actively disliked it. Most anyone older than that prolly didn’t listen to it in the first place. And let’s face it, many people who did listen to it at the time now slap themselves trying to figure out what in hell they were thinking back then.
This movie strikes me as a product of the same type of flawed decision making process that led to Cop Rock.