THAT THING YOU DO

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Starring: Tom Everett Scott, Liv Tyler,
Johnathon Schaech , Steve Zahn
, Ethan Embry, Charlize
Theron, & Tom Hanks

Genre: Comedy

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Rating: PG

Runtime: 105 minutes

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Director: Tom Hanks EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

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Producer: Gary Goetzman, Jonathan Demme
& Edward Saxon

Writer: Tom Hanks

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Content:

(C, LL, A, D, Ab, M) Mild Christian worldview with capitalistic elements; 7 obscenities & 3 exclamatory profanities; no violence; no sex; no nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, a mild jab at a Youth For Christ rally & mild rebellion themes

Summary:

THAT THING YOU DO, written and directed by Tom Hanks, documents the rise of fictional band, The Wonders, from Erie, Pennsylvania. It clearly shows all the excitement and challenges of being in a band when rock was young and relatively clean. The Wonders rises to the top of the charts and even a TV appearance in Hollywood. Marred only by a few obscenities, this movie has a mild Christian worldview and demonstrates the struggle between artistic integrity and "selling out."

Review:

THAT THING YOU DO, written and directed by Tom Hanks, documents the rise of fictional band, The Wonders, from Erie, Pennsylvania. It shows the excitement and challenges of being in a band when rock was young. Guy Patterson quits long hours at the family business and joins Jimmy, Lenny and the nameless bass player to form The Wonders. Winning a local talent contest, they become popular around Erie. They meet manager Mr. White played by Tom Hanks who represents Play-Tone records. With Mr. White's savvy skills, The Wonders rises to the top of the charts and gain a TV appearance in Hollywood. Will they go on to greater success or will they be a one-hit Wonder?

Tom Hanks does not disappoint. His affable style, affection for the period and wily sense-of-humor pervade this exceptionally well-produced movie. The greatest theme of this movie is the struggle between creative talent and possessive power-hungry recording companies. The worldview of this movie is mildly Christian. Church going, serving the church and not working on Sunday are featured. THAT THING YOU DO will probably be a hit, both the movie and the soundtrack. It is only marred by a few obscenities and profanities. Otherwise, THAT THING YOU DO does so well!

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