That Thing You Do! details
|Starring:||Tom Everett Sco, Johnathon Schaech, Liv Tyler, Kevin Polla, Warren Berlinger, Tom Hanks, Gedde Watanabe, Kathleen Kinmont, Ethan Embry, Alex Rocco, Barry Sobel, Rita Wilson, Peter Scolari, Clint Howard, Bill Cobbs|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
That Thing You Do!
|Run time:||1 hour 43 minutes|
|Rental release:||30 Jun 2003|
|Subtitles:||Croatian, Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Sparkling, light-hearted comedyBy Huwie from Dyfed , 01 Jan 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]My respect for Tom Hanks just keeps growing. He wrote, directed, and co-starred in this, and by writing I don't just mean the script -- he penned the music, too, and "borrowed" the name of his own production company (Playtone) as "Play-tone", the record label that figures largely (and not entirely flatteringly) in the film.
The soundtrack is both catchy and authentic -- you could easily imagine the title track being a 60s hit, and after the movie you'll probably be humming it for days :-) According to the included documentary, the cast learned/played their own instruments -- and perhaps this is what gave such an authentic feel to the film because the team was forced to gel in more than the usual on-set sense.
The song "That thing you do" is created by a band of young musicians and gets picked up by progressively larger markets -- the school talent competition, the local bar, the roving spotter/manager, and finally by Play-tone. The band members undertake similar journeys as they variously implode or blossom. There's plenty of artistic and romantic conflict, but this is mainly feel-good comedy: only the most miserable curmudgeon could fail to come away from it feeling uplifted.
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Worth a WatchBy Emjay69 (341 reviews) from Kidlington, Oxford , 18 Dec 2011An okay film with a good soundtrack (especially the jazz) but the story is a bit fairy tale.
I've played at a lot of gigs and it's not really the way it's portrayed in this film. Sure the backstage scenes are pretty life-like but the story...
However, it's worth a watch. There are a lot of other films that are really bad but this is not one of them.
If you like the idea of young people making music and doing good give it a watch. You won't be disappointed.
I love this filmBy Joober (37 reviews) from Bradford , 23 May 2010Great slice of 50s/early 60s nostalgia. Catchy soundtrack, particulary the title song 'That thing you do'. Live Tyler is cute as a bugs ear in this, she plays a lovely character in this. A fantastice feel good movie.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008This film is an intresting/entertaining piece of cinema. Written and directed by 'Tom Hanks' the film follows 4 young lads on there journey from group struggle to group stardom. This film is great for the family and if you fancy watching a bit of 'make you smile' filmage with some great music then I recommend this one for you.
ExcellentBy a customer from Notts , 09 Apr 2006A feel good movie about a young music group from small town America in the sixties.Good acting all round, with two actors standing out,Steve Zahn and Obba Babatundé, the latter taking over every scene he's in.
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The Wonder of 'That Thing You Do!'By Annie Smith from Warks, England. , 04 Apr 2006I really love this film, and wanted to say so as there are more negative comments than positive about this film and I wanted to redress the balance!
This is pure entertainment, fluffy and cute, and does not aspire to be anything more. It is a tale about achieving your dreams, fun and friendship with a good splash of pop music in the mix. The songs are catchy and you will find yourself humming them for days, but you will also find yourself with a little grin on your face because this is such a feelgood movie.
Tom Hanks writing debut is funny and punchy and he deserves a round of applause, not for the brilliance of his acting which is what his fans usually admire, but for coming up with something so likeable. May not be as memorable as his other work but it will leave you happy!