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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
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!
Great movie with accurate musical displays. I like the movie very much, and enjoyed seeing it. As a guitarist in a band, I really connected with the story line. "Two Thumbs Up!"
The hook to this Movie is being able to relate to the characters in the
movie...I know these guys but by different names...
With HBO showing That Thing You Do this month I have been fortunate to see
it again and again.. It's truly a feel good movie and one that the family
can sit around and watch together...(Thanks Tom Hanks...not enough of these
type movies to go around these days)
I originally saw this movie in the theater and several time since on
cable TV. All version seemed the same, the other night I saw the
extended version on cable TV and was surprised about what scenes were
cut out. The extended version definitely moved slower but provided
additional content explaining moments in the film that I used to brush
over...most importantly the hinting at the fact that Mr. White, played
by Tom Hanks was gay. In the extended version he meets Guy Patterson at
the hotel after he got drunk meeting Del Paxton at the Jazz Club.
He then leaves the hotel and gets into a car with a man who appears to be pouting and angry that Mr. White is taking so long. They have this caddy exchange about being late to a party. This is the only scene in the entire movie that makes any insinuation that Mr. White is gay.
I don't think that fact adds or detracts anything from the movie, just curious to know why it was left out.
Tom Hanks directed this film and that was probably the only reason I
felt any urge to see it when it was released in 1996. To this day I
don't believe Tom Hanks is the next Martin Scorsese, but to be fair he
does an apt job here and his cheesy, breezy vibe that he lends to the
film suits it very well.
Essentially a story about a small-town Pennsylvanian band in 1964 who hit it big after one of the members is replaced, and their manager turns out to be Tom Hanks (gasp!).
"Almost Famous" is a far superior examination of a rock band's ups and downs but this is alright as far as Friday night entertainment goes.
This movie is not the best but it is easy to watch and will deliver exactly what the people who watch it expect: a few laughs, a few smiles, some likable characters and a happy ending.
The music alone is reason enough to watch (and re-watch) this movie. Beatles fans will enjoy the many allusions and parallels to the early days of the Fab Four. These include: 1) the One-ders first producer was an uncle whose experience is limited to recording church choirs -- Sir George Martin's forte was comedy before he began producing for the Beatles; 2) Tom Hanks, as the group's manager, stands off to the side wearing sunglasses, exactly like Brian Epstein can be seen doing in concert footage of the Beatles; 3) the group struggles with a name, as did the Quarreymen/Moondogs/Silver Beatles/Beatles; 4) the drummer's name is never revealed, a nod to Ringo Starr/Richard Starkey -- the luckiest drummer in Liverpool. There are many more....
Pleasant rock comedy written and directed (and co-starring) Hanks about a 60's rock band's meteoric rise and fall. Well acted and paced with charming performances from Scott and Tyler.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The title song for "That Thing You Do!" is so infectious that, even if
the movie had nothing else to do, it still boasts a teflon song. For as
often as its played through the course of the movie (and in your head
after the credits roll), it's one weapons-grade toe-tapper. But that's
not all the movie has to offer; far from it. There's a can-do optimism
permeating this thing from start to finish, not to mention a sense of
playfulness. And you can't help but be swept right along with the band
on their meteoric rise to the big time (not even their implosion is
enough to sour things). Talk about hitting it out of the park for a
first-time directing gig, this is about as well-engineered a feel-good
movie gets. The cast is great, the pacing's snappy and it all adds up
to one very entertaining movie.
That Thing You Do! is the first motion picture directed by Tom Hanks
(who also stars in the movie) and tells the story of the band The
Wonders, who during the 60's had a one-hit wonder single, That Thing
The story follows four friends from Erie, Pennsylvania who form a rock'n'roll band together called "The Oneders", who are later known as the "The Wonders". We follow along as they rise to success, promoting their new single all over the country and achieve national fame. As a director, Tom Hanks captures perfectly the style of the 60's and you're instantly transported back in that world. The clothes, the cars, the people, everything looks great to the last detail.
The main character, Guy Patterson, is the drummer of the band and it's eerie (no pun intended) how much he channels a young Tom Hanks. In fact, at first, Hanks didn't even want him in the movie because he felt he looked too much like him, but his wife convinced him otherwise. The rest of the supporting cast includes Liv Tyler, as the girlfriend of the band's lead singer, Steve Zahn as the guitar player and Tom Hanks as the band's manager, Mr. White.
This is a nice feel-good movie, perfect for a Sunday evening when you just feel like lying on the couch and enjoy a great movie. It doesn't stand out with too much, it's short and sweet. With this directorial debut, Hanks proves he's doing a great job as a director, shame he didn't more movies.
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