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Ricki and the Flash (2015)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 7 August 2015 (USA)
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A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family.

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Writer:

Diablo Cody
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Ricki
Rick Springfield ... Greg
Rick Rosas Rick Rosas ... Buster
Joe Vitale Joe Vitale ... Joe
Bernie Worrell ... Billy
Ben Platt ... Daniel
Peter C. Demme Peter C. Demme ... Walt
Jim Roche Jim Roche ... Provocative Dancer
Alexa Klienbard Alexa Klienbard ... Provocative Dancer
Keala Settle ... Sharon
Joe Toutebon ... Whitey
Jim Wheeler Jim Wheeler ... Elvis Guy (as Big Jim Wheeler)
Brooklyn Demme Brooklyn Demme ... Salt Well Drinker
Eamon O'Rourke Eamon O'Rourke ... Salt Well Dancer
Aaron Moten ... Troy (as Aaron Clifton Moten)
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Storyline

A woman named Linda leaves her family to pursue her dream of being a rock star. And she hasn't achieved the notoriety she hoped for. Her ex-husband calls her to tell her that her daughter suffered a breakdown because her husband left her. She goes back to Indianapolis. But her daughter doesn't exactly welcome her with open arms. But she stays and tries. And her sons also don't welcome her warmly. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Get Ready to Rock. Get Ready to Love. Get Ready for Ricki.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG - 13 for thematic material, brief drug content, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ricki and The Flash: Entre la fama y la familia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,610,961, 9 August 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,822,144, 11 October 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film marked a reunion between Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, after their collaborations in Sophie's Choice (1982) and A Prairie Home Companion (2006). See more »

Goofs

When Pete is testing Ricki on the PLU codes for various items, she incorrectly states that organic milk is "94011" which is the code for organic bananas. The code she states for bananas is incorrect as well. See more »

Quotes

Pete: Arugala.
Ricki: 9-4-8-8-4
Pete: You just know that right off the top of your - ?
Ricki: Boom.
Pete: Is it - ?
[shuts refrigerator door]
Pete: Yes, you're absolutely right.
Ricki: Of course I'm right. I know all the PLU codes. I ring stuff up all day long. Go ahead, try me. Anything, anything, anything.
Pete: Bananas.
Ricki: Organic or regular? Organic is 9-4-2-3-7.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The credits are accompanied by a clip of Ricki and the Flash singing "Cold One" at the wedding. See more »


Soundtracks

Dread Natty Congo
Written by Sister Carol East (as Carole T. East / Sister Carol)
Performed by Sister Carol East (as Sister Carol)
Courtesy of Black Cinderella Productions
Under license from Black Cinderella Publishing
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True Entertainment: Great Music + Great Acting!
17 August 2015 | by vsksSee all my reviews

She was Julia Child. She was Margaret Thatcher. She was Mamma Mia. And now Meryl Streep is Ricki Rendazzo, aging, nearly bankrupt rock singer living uneasily with a big consequential choice she made along the way—career over family. Her band, The Flash, plays the modest Salt Well bar in Tarzana, California, but they rock it. We already knew Streep could sing, and for this film she spent six months learning how to play guitar, coached by Neil Young (video). Ricki's lead guitarist Greg is played by Rick Springfield, and you can feel his longing to be more to her, if she'd let him. Back home in Indiana, her ex-husband Pete (Kevin Kline) is dealing with their daughter Julie, abandoned by her two-timing husband, now depressed, and suicidal. He calls Linda—Ricki is her stage name—to let her know, and she scrapes together enough money to fly back to see what she can do. Precious little, it appears—a classic case of too little, many years too late. Mother and daughter struggle to reconnect, and it isn't easy or even certain. Julie is played beautifully by Streep's real-life daughter, Mamie Gummer. (In profile, the two have exactly the same nose.) Some excruciatingly wonderful scenes, including a fancy-restaurant "family dinner" with all three of Ricki's kids, where accusations are the main course. Julie's seething glare could burn holes in a flimsier construction than Ricki. The pain and even humor of the situation are so sharp, you know no matter who gets the check, they've already paid. And, here's something unexpected. The parents act like grown-ups. Pete, his second wife Maureen (Audra McDonald), even Ricki and Greg—show business types of whom not much is expected, perhaps—show what they're made of when it really matters. Director Jonathan Demme keeps the film moving with no unnecessary drag and made the great choice of putting lifelong musicians in the band, including Funkadelic keyboarder Bernie Worrell, bassist Rick Rosas, and drummer Joe Vitale. They performed all the movie's songs live and with no overdubs—Springfield calls this brave of Streep, especially. Academy Award-winner Diablo Cody wrote the script. Rotten Tomatoes critics rating 62%, audiences 55%. I thought audiences would be kinder to it than the critics. The big complaint seems to be the script is predictable, but since there are only what, six plots . . .? it may in retrospect be predictable, but I didn't especially feel that while I was watching, and it was never that corollary of predictable, boring! As Glenn Kenny says in his mostly positive review (didn't like the ending) for RogerEbert.com, "One of the nicer things about the movie is how it avoids overt clichés while still partaking of convention."


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