That Thing You Do! (1996)


that-thing-you-do“I’ve found that a hit record is like a stew. All the ingredients have to come together just right. Otherwise, it’s just soup.” – Phil

Number of Times Seen – 3 (Cable in the 90’s, 21 Aug 2000 and 21 Nov 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A small town band creates a hit and with their new manager, they try to climb the charts and get more famous.

My Take on it – After doing so well in front of the camera, Tom Hanks chose to get behind the camera with this film.

He does a great job of putting it all together and making us believe the story of the fledgling band in the 60’s.

The fact that story relies heavily on the fact that there is much infighting between band members of a rapidly climbing successful band makes things feel quite realistic.

The music of the film is superbly written and performed and the title song is my personal favorite.

My only quip is the fact that they play the song 11 times (I think) over the course of the film and by the end we just want the song to stop playing no matter how good (and catchy) the tune really is.

The cats of young actors are great and they really help personify the feeling that these are real friends and real musicians who want to cheer for as they begin their rise to stardom and coast-to-coast recognition.

I’m glad that Hanks only gives himself a small part here so that he doesn’t in any way overshadow the story or the young actors.

Bottom Line – Hanks did a great job in his directorial debut.  The infighting between the band members works quite well and feel very believable.  The music is superb here and I personally love the title song… unfortunately, it is played 11 times during the film and gets a bit tedious by the end.  Great cast of young actors help personify the feeling that they are a real band with real issues as they yearn for stardom. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Film debut of Tom Everett Scott. Tom Hanks was initially opposed to hiring Scott because of Scott’s strong resemblance to a younger Hanks. He was finally convinced by his wife, Rita Wilson, who thought Scott was cute. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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