Saturday, September 10, 2011
"That Thing You Do" 1996
“That Thing You Do”
So yesterday I wrote about the movie Tom Hanks followed his first Oscar win with. How does a two time, back to back winner follow that? He writes, directs and stars in his next movie. As Mr. White, he is in charge of everything.
Lenny: As in, I *wonder* what happened to the O'Needers?
The movie starts when Jimmy recruits Guy to play drums in his band. Soon Guy is upping the tempo and Jimmy’s soulful ballad turns into a catchy dance tune.
Tom Everett Scott is Guy 'Skitch' 'Shades' Patterson. He looks a lot like a young Tom Hanks. He is toiling away in his family’s appliance store and hoping for better things. He is dating Charlize Theron who doesn’t like being the girlfriend of a drummer. He fights feelings for Faye. She is in love with Jimmy.
Liv Tyler is Faye who loves being on the sidelines of the band. She loves Jimmy and dreams of a life on the road with the band. But her relationship with Jimmy is doomed.
Johnathon Schaech is Jimmy the tortured and misunderstood. It makes him crazy that he has sold out. He wants to be a real artist not a one hit wonder.
Lenny: Well, sure. I mean, come on. They put us up in a first class hotel, all expenses paid, while our record climbs the charts; bunch of lyin' snakes.
Jimmy: Sorry I'm buggin' you! I guess I'm alone in my principles.
[leaves the room]
Lenny: Oh come on. Oh, there he goes off to his room to write that hit song "Alone in my principles."
Steve Zahn is Lenny and there for comic relief. He does a great job.
Lenny: Are you crazy? A man in a really nice camper wants to put our song on the radio! Gimme a pen, I'm signin'! You're signin'! We're all signin'!
Tom Hanks is at his sarcastic best as Mr. White.
Mr. White: You sure do.
Jimmy: Well then, we shouldn't be here.
Mr. White: Jimmy, you'd rather be back on that state fair tour? They're playing in North Dakota this week.
The music is catchy. The band practiced for eight weeks before filming to look like a real band. They play the song over and over. It reminds you how those catchy songs quickly go from being fun to just irritating.