That Thing You Do!
That Thing You Do! (1996)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 4, 1996
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2001
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A light, sweet, and thoroughly entertaining debut for director Tom Hanks, That Thing You Do! makes up in charm what it lacks in complexity.

Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

The chief wonder of this rock 'n' roll cast is Tom Everett Scott, whose easy charisma, dreamy smile and undersurface intelligence should shoot him up the acting charts like a bullet.

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Emanuel Levy

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

J. Olson

It's absolutely impossible not to smile when "The Wonders" hear their song on the radio for the first time.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Sweet nothing, then, but what would you expect of a rock movie devoted to the drummer?

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James Plath
Family Home Theater

Call it a sanitized version of The Commitments.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Hanks's debut feature, written and directed with delightful good cheer, is rock-and-roll nostalgia presented as pure fizz.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Tom Hanks directorial effort is a decent film overall, but nothing that would ever inspire to re-visit again and again with fondness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Do you remember the 60's? The hope, the possibilities, the dreams, the excitement? Do you remember not being anywhere near all of that, only listening to… More
Manu Gino
In every life there comes a time when that dream you dream becomes that thing you do. Good movie with a happy ending for everyone. The movie features one of… More
Alice Shen
Finger-snapping, head-bopping fun! Tom Everett Scott is effortlessly cool with his ugly-sexy mug, and Liv Tyler is luminous and effervescent. Steve Zahn looks… More
Cynthia S.
I can't explain why I enjoy this movie so much. Yet it seems every time it is on TV, and it is on quite often, I always enjoy watching as much of it as I… More
Graham Jones
Too much adlibbing.
Lenny Muggsy
I really have reviewed this before, this is an outright classic. Never gets old. Fresh to deaf.