That Thing You Do!
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Tom Hanks made his directorial debut in this bright comedy set in the mid-1960's about a rock group and their brief fling with fame. Guy Patterson (Tom Everett Scott) works as a salesman at his father's appliance store and plays the drums in his spare time, fancying himself a jazz musician. One day, a buddy of Guy's tells him a local rock band, The One-Ders (it's pronounced "wonders"), are in need of a drummer -- they have Battle of the Bands coming up and their usual timekeeper has broken his arm. Guy agrees to sit in, but when it's time to play their best… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though Hanks keeps the satirical and critical aspects of this look at show biz fairly light, there's a lot of conviction and savvy behind the steadiness of his gaze."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Sweet nothing, then, but what would you expect of a rock movie devoted to the drummer?"
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"'That Thing You Do!' has an air of nostalgia and likeable characters that make us believe their story and their time, and a strong narrative backbeat to power this light musical comedy."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"A movie as catchy and likable as the title song."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"An undeniably delightful film. It makes you smile and want to dance, and (for better or worse) it's titular theme song won't leave your head for days."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Calgary Movies
"First-time writer/director Tom Hanks stays about a half-beat ahead of the cliches with rim shots of boyish enthusiasm and deft comedy. The movie's also buoyed by the title song, whose Beatles sound is infectious enough to merit a real hit."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Mr. Hanks's debut feature, written and directed with delightful good cheer, is rock-and-roll nostalgia presented as pure fizz."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Tom Hanks directorial effort is a decent film overall, but nothing that would ever inspire to re-visit again and again with fondness."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Whereas Dances With Wolves was an epic cultural tract, That Thing You Do! is a piece of entertaining bubblegum which, like its director, making his feature directorial debut, is high on charm and style."
‑ , Film4
"A simple, rather sweet and uncomplicated, rock and roll fable."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"A sweet, likeable tale of the quick rise to fame and then demise of a small town band. Set in 1964, Hanks' film offers a sanitized, Gump-ish look at a mythical period when boys were boys and girls were girls, with no references to the sex-drug subculture"
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Though Hanks doesn't serve up much context, he's solid with details, and the Wonders' performances ring truer than most."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"Sweet, sleepy take on flash-in-the-pan '60s band."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"A barely there-tale of rock 'n' roll dreams, driven by the infectious title tune."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"With its exuberant tempo and danceable Beatlesque theme song, That Thing You Do will win the hearts of a broad audience."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
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