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Ricki and the Flash (2015)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 7 August 2015 (USA)
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A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family.

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Writer:

Diablo Cody
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Ricki
Rick Springfield ... Greg
Rick Rosas Rick Rosas ... Buster
Joe Vitale Joe Vitale ... Joe
Bernie Worrell ... Billy
Ben Platt ... Daniel
Peter C. Demme Peter C. Demme ... Walt
Jim Roche Jim Roche ... Provocative Dancer
Alexa Klienbard Alexa Klienbard ... Provocative Dancer
Keala Settle ... Sharon
Joe Toutebon ... Whitey
Jim Wheeler Jim Wheeler ... Elvis Guy (as Big Jim Wheeler)
Brooklyn Demme Brooklyn Demme ... Salt Well Drinker
Eamon O'Rourke Eamon O'Rourke ... Salt Well Dancer
Aaron Moten ... Troy (as Aaron Clifton Moten)
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Storyline

A woman named Linda leaves her family to pursue her dream of being a rock star. And she hasn't achieved the notoriety she hoped for. Her ex-husband calls her to tell her that her daughter suffered a breakdown because her husband left her. She goes back to Indianapolis. But her daughter doesn't exactly welcome her with open arms. But she stays and tries. And her sons also don't welcome her warmly. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Get Ready to Rock. Get Ready to Love. Get Ready for Ricki.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG - 13 for thematic material, brief drug content, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ricki and The Flash: Entre la fama y la familia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,610,961, 9 August 2015

Gross USA:

$26,822,144

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,325,328
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Ricki and Pete come downstairs to find Julie asleep on the couch, they find that she has fallen asleep watching a movie. The movie she was watching (from what the audience hears) is Born Yesterday (1950) starring William Holden and Judy Holliday. That film is about a coarse and uneducated millionaire (Broderick Crawford) who feels his lover is stupid and wishes to have her educated. See more »

Goofs

When Ricki and her daughter get back to the house after going to the beauty salon, Ricki unzips her black leather jacket in the kitchen twice. See more »

Quotes

Pete: You know, they say, like... all kids are screwed up now. It's the air on the radio waves or the - the peanuts.
Ricki: Hey, do you remember the pediatrician, the one - What was his name? Fa - Dr. Fa - Farling. Fena - Fenamana. Fenan - Fenan.
[they laugh]
Pete: Yeah. The guy in Wheaton. What about him?
Ricki: That doctor. Remember, he said Joshy was hyperactive. Turns out he's drinking too much pop.
Pete: Pop, yeah.
Ricki: Right?
Pete: They know nothing.
Ricki: Yeah, they know nothing.
Pete: We know nothing.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The credits are accompanied by a clip of Ricki and the Flash singing "Cold One" at the wedding. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 10 August 2015 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Give a Life, Take a Life
Written by Lou Adler and Randy California
Performed by Spirit
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Cheesy, Pedestrian Story Saved only by Meryl Streep
18 August 2015 | by kingbk-2See all my reviews

As hard as I've tried, I just can't get on the Diablo Cody bandwagon. Yes, I saw Juno and Young Adult, both movies that I thought had great concepts and stories hindered by clunky screenplays. Cody's writing hints at much of what people complain about millennials: narcissistic, overly snarky, and the thought that being a special snowflake makes up for being a miserable, unlikable human being. Ricki and the Flash follows this formula once again.

Sorry, but if you're a mother and you just ditch your family to selfishly "follow your dream", the family shouldn't just accept you back like it's no big deal. I just couldn't get past that. The story felt more like a Disney Channel Movie than anything else.

I like Meryl Streep and it was kind of funny seeing her as a rockstar, but that was about the only good thing going for it. Her performance alone made up for an otherwise weak screenplay and generic story.

Hollywood badly needs more female writers and directors, but Cody's flaws as a writer keep showing up movie after movie. She needs a co- writer or script doctor to help polish up the unrealistic dialogue, characters that appear more like cartoon characters than human beings, and humor that is more eye rolling than gut busting.

I think I'll skip her next film, like I should have skipped this one.


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