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For me, this movie just gets better with age. I thought it was underrated. The music is so well done, thanks to Adam Schlesinger (see "Fountains of Wayne"). I've always wanted to be able to thank Tom Hanks for the movie and the music. They both inspired my then 2 year old son to take up the drums. He's still playing. I loved the music because although it was all original, it sounded like those songs had somehow been part of my life, growing up in the 60's. I like Tom Everett Scott as Guy. Steve Zahn is very funny, and Jonathon Schaech is appropriately moody. There are also some great supporting roles - I love Freddie Frederickson ("Mr. Downtown"), the hotel doorman, the LA DJ and Barry Sobel as Goofball. Have I mentioned the music?? :-) If you haven't given this movie a chance and you are a fan of pop music, try it out.
I have seen this movie thousands of times and absolutely love
Set in the 60's, the movie is about the success of 4 guys in a band who's
first record reaches the top 10 in the US.
They are soon discovered by Mr White (Tom Hanks) who soon becomes their
manager and takes them across America gaining fame and
This movie has excellent music, it's like being in the 60's and all the characters are fantastic. Tom Hanks as usual was at his best and he's created a very good light hearted movie which is suitable for pretty much everyone.
This comedy will leave you itching to pick up a strat and jam some beach
boys. While not especially realistic, particularly with regards to modern
record companies, it will still warm you up.
The acting is superb, and the story is more original than most fantasy band movies in that it goes from the inception of the 'Wonders' to their downfall, rather than just to their first single, the way most movies do it.
Liv Tyler brings a really pleasant aura to the picture, and Tom Hanks is brilliant as usual.
This won't make you think too hard, and it won't scare or puzzle you. But it will warm you up inside. 9/10
I love this movie! When I have a bad day or have the "blues" I slap this
movie in and enjoy not just the great music but the great interaction
between the leading cast members which include Hanks' look-a-like Tom
Everett Scott, Steve Zahn, Jonathan Schaech and as notated in the credits:
"The Bass Player" Ethan Embry, collectively known as "The Oneders", oops!
make that "The Wonders".
Hanks show us just how multi-talented he is by writing and directing this
movie PLUS he re-created the innocence and joy of music from the 60's in
minute detail. Hanks is the writer of the title song and of the offbeat
instrumental "Spartacus" and it knocks me out that he has these incredible
talents for so many artistic creations: Actor, Director, song writer, et.al.
He also directs this movie as well as playing Play-Tone Manager, "Mr White"
who leads the "The Wonders" to success through the "Play-Tone"
Tom Everett Scott looks a lot like Tom Hanks during his "Bosom Buddy" days
on TV, and I suspect that Hanks created this movie to showcase the talent
that is Tom Everett Scott. Scott steals the movie with his humor, his
sincere caring of others and if he is really a drummer, his talent! Zahn was
great as the comic relief and Schaech was not only very handsome but very
believable in portraying the moody Jimmy, lead singer, who has the true
artistic temperament but is lacking in certain sensitivities.
The songs are "snappy" and "catchy", capturing the true zenith of rock and
roll in 1960's America. The catchy "Play-Tone" label, also created by
Hanks, the reproductions of TV shows of the 60's, and the ambience of a time
when rock and roll was growing up and showing off are all in this great
movie. The title song, "That Thing You Do" is actually a great tune and I
find myself wanting to hear it now and then, and sing along with it.
Liv Tyler as "Faye" was very sweet as the wronged girlfriend but I don't get how having a really bad cold during the West coast California "showcasing" had any revelance to the movie except to show that "Guy" noticed she was sick and was always "there" for her and "thinking" of her when Jimmy wasn't. Look for performances by Charlize Theron and Giovanni Ribisi as well. This is a light-hearted movie that you can just sit back, enjoy, sing a long with, and laugh. The biggest plus is that in watching the credits it is incredible to see that Hanks wrote many of the songs, the music, created the 60's TV shows so realistically and is not only a member of the Screen Actors Guild but also the Song Writers Guild - so many feathers in his already much-plummed hat. Does Tom Hanks' talents have no end? I hope not. Check out "Road to Perdition" for further proof. Rita Wilson, Hanks' wife, makes an appearance at the "Blue Spot" where Jazz greats meet to jam and have "cock and bull" sessions and where Guy meets his idol, Dale Paxton. Their own jam session results in "Spartacus", a great jazz instrumental, also written by Tom Hanks. Before you rewind the movie, wait for the end of the credits to see two of "The Wonders" music videos, including "That Thing You Do"!
In summary, I love that thing that Tom Hanks does with this well-made and entertaining comedy!
This is one of my favorite movies. There is no objectionable content, it gets funnier and funnier every time you watch it, the sets are colorful, the music is fun and pretty authentic to the sound of the early 60s, there are dozens of quotable lines, and you can watch it with your children or your parents or your grandparents and nobody gets offended or embarrassed. The acting is commendable as well. That Thing You Do! is no doubt a "feel good movie," but it is not boring or pointless. I could honestly go on quite a bit about this movie, but I will end by saying that it is a great movie for any time or place, and I recommend it for everyone.
this is just a fun movie. and very well cast. you find yourself rooting
for the band the whole way through.
and the soundtrack is EXCELLENT!
as you watch it, look for the name of the bass player (the one who joins the marines). check the credits at the end if you miss it.
It has no violence or sexual content. Heaven forbid, there isn't even any
cursing-what gives for a film made in 1996. I will tell you what-a film with
some class. I saw someone write a comment that it was a simple fable of a
simpler time. Our time is what we make it and what we accept. If we keep
accepting filth and garbage in everything we watch, then what does that say
we have become. Why is it old fashioned to like a movie that is not just
good-it is great. If your the cynical type-then don't watch it. You are too
far gone to be of any use for yourself, much less humanity. I enjoyed this
film about some guys and a girl getting together and recording a hit record
in the 1960's. I enjoyed seeing such a story because, despite the fact that
I like action flicks, risque comedies and the like. Sometimes I like just
sitting down to watch a decent little film that wasn't made before
C'mon folks, give your poor cynical hearts a break and watch something nice
for a change.
Sure the story of a one-hit wonder rock'n'roll band has been told before,
but so what? This movie is fun, fun, fun!
One reviewer commented, upon first release of this movie, that "if you're going to feature a single song several times in a movie, it better be a damn good one" (or something along those lines...). 'That Thing You Do' certainly is a catchy song.
Kudos to Tom the director for making his actors learn their instruments and actually BECOME a real band for the movie. That way, the titular song doesn't become repetitive because we get to hear the 'evolution' of the song's arrangement over the course of the story. Starting of course with the simplified garage version all the way to the slick and assured rendition on the television showcase appearance.
Lest we forget, they had other songs in their repertoire as well. Many of them were co-written by Mr. Hanks. Is there no end to this man's talents?
This movie was obviously a labour of love for Tom Hanks, and it shows. I don't think he had any illusions about it becoming a blockbuster or having it significantly add to his income in any way. I think he just wanted to give us a glimpse into what could have been had he taken a slightly different career path in his life. And for that, I for one am grateful.
This is a watchable and enjoyable film, but could it be coincidence that after portraying astronaut Jim Lovell in the movie Apollo 13 (with characters Fred Haise and Ken Mattingly) Tom Hanks wrote a screenplay with main characters named Haise and Mattingly? Interesting.
This is the movie that made me fall in love with Tom Hanks. It is simple,
endearing characters, and a vision of a time gone by. Sometimes, good
told and every once in a while we get to hear them.
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