Tom Hanks gives another brilliant performance, this time as a band manager for a fictional record company.
A group of small town teens from Erie Pennsylvania have an amazing sound and a catchy song that gets Hanks attention. He weans them along slowly while the lead singer thinks it is too slow. As their popularity grows (and they take the name The Wonders), the lead singer's patience wanes and he feels too big for his girlfriend (Liv Tyler), who has stood by him through the band's struggles to get to the top. As he pushes her away, she drifts more towards the band's drummer, who seems to be the most caring of the group.
The movie has an amazing scene where the drummer goes to a "jazz" club and meets his all time idol, who turns out to be a regular guy and not the prima donna that the Wonders' lead singer is.
Though the groups and the songs were made for the movie, they all sound like they could have been made in the 60's and would have been definate hits!
I am surprised that this movie was not a mega-hit because it is really that good.
Pros: Great movie, wonderful acting, lovable characters, fantastic music... Cons: ...not exactly thought provoking, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The Bottom Line: That Thing You Do! is a great movie that the whole family can enjoy! Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot. Ah, the 60's; the age of hippies, JFK, and great pop music. Even though I was born nearly three decades after the … more
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A cautionary pop fable following the meteoritic rise of "The Wonders," a fictitious foursome during the early days of pop-rock fandom. When jazz drummer Guy Patterson fills in for a session with a friend's band, a hit single is born and the smalltown boys find themselves riding a rollercoaster of success, guided by the opportunistic hand of a smooth-talking record label agent. Fun, cheerful, and innocent. Hanks' directorial debut. Academy Award Nominations: Best Original Song ("That Thing You Do").