Young Rock makes no effort when it comes to Dwayne Johnson poking fun at himself and touching quite a few pop culture references.
WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the series premiere Young rock, “Working the trick”.
NBC Young stone he doesn’t throw any punches when it comes to Dwayne Johnson taunting himself. Sure, it’s an emotional story about how he grew up with his parents in the wrestling business, but it also covers a lot of comedic ground in terms of his current acting career and where he plans to be in the future.
To get this right, the show dives deep into the ’80s and modern wrestling, as well as Hollywood, and creates quite a few hilarious pop culture references in the premiere.
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At first, it was revealed that The Rock will run for president in 2032 as he is a man people trust. However, the press does not ask much, skeptical that another celebrity will take the presidential reins. A newspaper headline is displayed that reads: “Too Fast. Too Angry. Too Famous?” taunting Dwayne as Hobbs in the Fast and Furious franchise while journalists wonder if he will be a narcissist on paper.
At a philanthropy performance, he desertes and plucks a pumpkin, calling it “bigger than Kevin Hart’s ego,” performing the movies he starred in with the actor. They have great chemistry on and off screen in movies like Central Intelligence and the Jumanji reboot, so it’s a fun wink.
the Jumanji The franchise is referenced again later when Dwayne is interviewed. It is mentioned that Ludacris throws him off a train in Jumanji 5, once again mocking Fast and Furious and the entertainment industry’s obsession with sequels. The catch of this conversation is that The Rock will play Gene Simmons, the frontman of KISS, in a biopic, despite not looking anything like him. All of this is relayed to Randall Park as they take Park’s failed film career in the episode lightly and how he became an entertainment journalist in a hilarious meta-moment.
As for the wrestling punches, when Rock reveals to Park that every time he opens the fridge, he yells, “Can you tell Rock is hungry?” which is a game from his signature WWE line, “Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?” We also have scenes with his father, Rocky Johnson, the Savage Samoans, Junkyard Dog, Iron Sheik, and Andre the Giant in a look behind the curtains in the ’80s as they break up kayfabe. His father even pranks his college mates years later, telling them that Rock will be in a box of Wheaties, a great honor for athletes. Stone Cold honored him, but sadly, it’s a dream The Rock would never achieve.
Last but not least, Rock High School drops the iconic People’s Eyebrow when he tries to play everything smooth, winning over Karen. He also uses it to convince his companions that he is a wealthy aristocrat named Tomas and not a narco like Johnny Depp in 21 Jump Street, because of his size and facial hair, which even the teachers think make him look like an adult.
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Joseph Lee Anderson, Stacey Leilua, Adrian Groulx, Bradley Constant, Uli Latukefu, Ana Tuisila, Fasitua Amosa, and John Tui, Young rock airs Tuesdays at 8 pm ET / PT on NBC.
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