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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.

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Rick Rosas ...
Buster
Joe Vitale ...
Joe
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Billy
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Daniel
Peter C. Demme ...
Walt
Jim Roche ...
Provocative Dancer
Alexa Klienbard ...
Provocative Dancer
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Sharon
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Whitey
Big Jim Wheeler ...
Elvis Guy
Brooklyn Demme ...
Salt Well Drinker
Eamon O'Rourke ...
Salt Well Dancer
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Troy (as Aaron Clifton Moten)
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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

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

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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

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7 August 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

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$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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The background music in the kitchen with Pete and Linda is Electric Light Orchestra. See more »

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Every time the band finishes a song at the Salt Well, the cheers and applause sound like far more people than the roughly 20 we see on screen. See more »

Quotes

Ricki: Can't you just call in sick and skip therapy?
Julie: No, mom, I am sick, that's why I'm in therapy.
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The credits are accompanied by a clip of Ricki and the Flash singing "Cold One" at the wedding. See more »

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References 60 Minutes (1968) See more »

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New York Adieu
Written by Dario Marianelli
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
Under license from Sony Pictures Music Group
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'Flash' in the pan: nothing about Ricki or her world rings true...
10 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

Potentially delicious teaming of director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Diablo Cody with star Meryl Streep results in a surprising washout. Middle-aged bar band singer takes time off from her day-job as a cashier in southern California and returns to Indianapolis and the (now embittered) family she left behind for rock 'n roll success. Cody's writing is so facetious and 'cute' (always with a wink to the audience) that her script--already heavy with amateurish exposition--defeats the cast early on; before we can even adjust to the characters, they've been shaped by their clothes and their quips. Demme is eager to please, but his timing is perpetually off. Scenes that should work don't, while other sequences (such as a family reunion dinner that turns ugly) ramble on without a point. Ricki's family all take turns standing on a soapbox, blowing off steam. Cody can't introduce anyone to us without there being an agenda, and Demme underlines her every superficial point with close-ups that don't reveal anything (reality TV has more convincing confrontations than what we get here). Eternally misjudged and misshapen. We have no idea what Ricki has gone through in her career, what triumphs she may have had; Cody is too intent on giving us Streep as a Republican rocker (another clothesline to string conflicts on), backed by a troupe of musicians who are only there to hug her. The actress is clearly better than her material and fakes her way through. *1/2 from ****


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