That Thing You Do
Reviewed by: Marcus Mann
Better than Average
Teens and Adults
Tom Hanks stars and directs himself to another movie hit. There seems to be no end to Hank’s talent as he cleverly spins the tale of a rock band’s overnight success. “The Wonders” go from playing ballads in their garage to having a song in the top 10 in just a few short months. The band’s manager, and Play-tone exec., Mr. White (Tom Hanks) teaches them the ropes in the rock-n-roll days of the early ’60s.
Audiences will find very few things about this movie that they don’t like. With fewer than a handful of vulgarities, and no nudity or violence, this show truly earned it’s PG-rating. From start to finish you will enjoy the drama, warmth and humor of this motion picture. Whether or not you like 60’s style “rock-n-roll” music, you are sure to enjoy the behind the scenes look at how the music industry worked in its infancy.
One point that was particularly intriguing was the movie’s portrayal of the early ’60s. You cannot help but leave the theater stunned by the moral decline of the past 30 years. This film vividly portrays a time when singers were still “nice boys” and innocence could still be found in youth.
Year of Release—1996