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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Hilarious and Perfect for All Ages

Author: Scars_Remain from United States
12 October 2008

My family and I used to watch this movie all the time while I was growing up so I may be a little biased here. Even so, I think it's one of the best comedies ever and I quote the lines very often. It really is great to revisit this film and remember when I was a little kid sitting on the couch watching it with my family. I was able to revisit it this weekend.

I really feel that all of the characters are very well thought out, essential parts of any band and very well portrayed by all of the actors. Tom Everett Scott, Liv Tyler, Steve Zahn and Ethan Embry are all great. The story itself is the best part of this film and really says a lot about being in a band. "Ain't no way to keep a band together, bands come and go. You gotta keep on playin', no matter with who."

This movie is great. I recommend it for the whole family and definitely if you are or have been in a band. You'll love it!

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

A great film in all departments

Author: leetallahassee from United States
13 January 2008

1. Tom Hanks so expertly captured the time period--not one false note

or image. (I know--I grew up during that time.) This film should

have gotten some sort of award (or at least nominated) for best set

design. 2. Perfectly cast, down to the small, one line roles. Bryan Cranston

was perfect as Virgil "Gus" Grissom. One of those great "hey there"

films. (Hey, there's Alex Rocco, Peter Scolari, Charlize Theron,

Warren Berlinger, Robert Torti, Rita Wilson, etc. 3. Love those costumes!

4. This film perfectly captured the last innocence of America

(especially it's youth) in 1964 before the harsh realities of the late

1960's set in (war casualties, assassinations, coarse pornography

among other things).

And now, we have the director's cut released for us to enjoy even more scenes from this wonderful film.

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Author: triple8 from Conn
24 April 2005

*** This review may contain spoilers ***


That Thing You Do is a sweet and fun movie that's enjoyable to watch, particularly when one just wants to relax. While it doesn't have the edge of some other films I've seen dealing with bands and music, what it does have is rare to find and that's wholesomeness. There is a sweet wholesome quality through the whole movie and it's mood is contagious. Definitely a fun movie to watch.

I will say that the most interesting characters for me, were not the guys in the band, they were Tom Hanks himself and Liv Tyler who's darling here as Fay. I liked the fact that these characters were not over the top and were very believable. I wouldn't really refer to this as that much of a comedy, it doesn't have a lot of fall down in your seat funny lines. What it does have though is sweetness. You may not laugh constantly but you sure will smile a lot.

The main thing I was surprised about was the ending which was kind of abrupt and I really did feel should have been longer. I wasn't to into the updates at the end, the "where they are nows", to me things were just wrapped up awfully quickly and I didn't expect the movie to end that abruptly. Maybe it should have been longer.

This movie has a great reputation and I can see why, it makes a nice view and almost seems like it's from another time period. My vote on this one is 7 of 10 and a recommended viewing, particularly to any music lover.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Loved This Movie

Author: sandan from Alberta Canada
26 November 2001

I gotta say I loved this movie. It was just plain enjoyable. Of course it helped a lot that when I saw it the first time my daughter was 2. I would get up and dance with her. The little scamp wanted to watch the movie over and over. Now it's one of the few remaining memories I have of her.

See it hopefully it will give you lasting memories.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Actually, quite damn good!

Author: haggar
22 September 2001

When I saw the opening credits of the movie, I thought they were cheesy, and expected a disappointing dumb comedy.

Nothing could have been further away from truth. I had a very nice, pleasant evening, thanks to my decision to keep wathcing.

Hanks proved to be a multitalented individual, and I sure hope he is going to direct more movies, because movies like "That thing you do" are very rare nowadays. It's not a blockbuster-kind of movie, it's not an action movie, not a commedy, not a drama. It has a lot of nice tunes, but it's not a musical comedy.

Hanks is not trying to shock the audience, nothing in this movie is forced upon. You will appreciate that all the characters are very credible, as well as the situations and the contexts in which they exits and appear. Furthermore, as the show business is depicted in this movie, the obvious joys of it are not denied, which makes this film all the more honest.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Because I love every time you do that thing you do!!

Author: anonymous
9 March 1999

This movie was so awesome!! I am very fond of Tom Hanks and am proud of him for this amazing movie. I love all the band members, especially Lenny and T.B.Player (who has no name). Liv Tyler's performance was good too. I am really glad Tom decided to throw in some other songs, too, because I couldn't stand it if that was the ONLY song in this movie. You need to see this movie if you haven't already. "as in I Wonder what happened to the Oneders".

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Do you want something "snappy, peppy, up-tempo and happy"?

Author: Luigi Delgado González from Guadalajara, Jalisco, MEXICO
3 February 1999

I'm a big fan of 60's-music, and when I saw "That Thing You Do!" I really got excited with the music, and all the environment (sets, costumes, etc) I think that Tom Hanks showed the public how to do an entertained movie, with good script and young-talented actors.

The tunes are really "Snappy" and once you listen to the main song you never forget it! I have the soundtrack also and all the songs are great. And every time the movie is scheduled on TV I watch it... I've seen it for a month and I never get bored.

Along with "The Commitments", "That Thing You Do" is one of my favorite musical movies.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Catchy Tune Hooks You

Author: Bobby-36 from Fellsmere, FL
27 January 1999

Tom Hanks really shows off his talents in this movie. Writer, director, actor, and music writer. I never knew he had all these talents. I am a senior in years and this movie sort of takes you back in time. The song by the same name as the movie is one of my favorites now.

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I don't want to gush but...

Author: Blair Campbell from Perth, Australia
10 January 1999

This is really a great movie, no question. I rarely watch a film that is so skilfully crafted and yet is completely inoffensive to any segment of society. The movie combines comedy (and some parts are definitely funny) with romance in a tender-hearted tale of friendship and growing up. I simply cannot recommend this movie highly enough except to say that this is a film I could watch multiple times. Brilliantly acted by a still maturing cast ensemble, witty dialogue, it's got it all. If you want to see something that with touch you and give you a buzz but you don't want to be assailed by profanity, violence, or sexuality - That Thing You Do! is the movie for you. Another Hanks triumph, not just for his role in the movie but for putting it all together. 8/10

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I love that thing you do!

Author: hollym20 from Birmingham, AL
23 December 1998

This movie is one of my all-time favorites. It's a feel- good movie that can raise my spirits anytime I am feeling down. I think that Tom Hanks must be one of the most brilliant people on this planet, because he can not only touch our hearts time and time again, winning two Oscars back-to-back, but can produce, direct, and star in this movie as well. The story may seem somewhat cheesy, but it moves right along as the band becomes an overnight sensation. The developing of a friendship between Guy and Fae, leaves you wanting them to be together at the end. I watched this movie over and over and it still makes me laugh every time I see it. For those who've never experienced it, WATCH IT!

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