Excerpt: It’s the summer of 1964 and Guy Patterson is back from the Army and working in his parents’ appliance store in downtown Erie, Pennsylvania. When the shop closes down for the night, Guy puts on his favorite jazz album and plays the drums to his heart’s content.
Excerpt: That Thing You Do! was the directorial debut of Tom Hanks from back in 1996 and it is still a joy to watch. The film is a light-hearted look at a fictional band that became a one-hit wonder sensation during a summer in the 60s.
Excerpt: A small time in Pennsylvania has started to make their run at stardom, but it seems as if one element just isn’t there. The “Oneders” (pronounced Wonders) have a strong base of performers in laid back Lenny (Steve Zahn), the enigma known as The Bass Player (Ethan Embry), a service drummer Chad...
Conclusion: It's short on drama and it whitewashes some of the grimy realities of early 1960s rock and roll, but That Thing You Do! is fun, funny, and as catchy as its title song. Unfortunately, while Tom Hanks' directorial debut has withstood the test of time, the film's picture quality has not.