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That Thing You Do
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Directed By
Tom Hanks

Written By:
Tom Hanks

Cast:
Giovanni Ribisi, Bryan Cranston, Holmes Osborne, Dawn Maxey, Sean M. Whalen, Clint Howard, Kathleen Kinmont, Barry Sobel, Gedde Watanabe, Jonathan Demme, Marc McClure, Colin Hanks, Tom Everett Scott, Johnathon Schaech, Liv Tyler, Steve Zahn, Ethan Embry, Tom Hanks, Charlize Theron, Obba Babatundé, Peter Scolari, Alex Rocco, Bill Cobbs, Rita Wilson, Chris Isaak, Kevin Pollak

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That Thing You Do (1996)
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Movie Review by Zara
March 14th, 2007

That song you get stuck in your head

As a movie, this isn't the best. It has weak actors (not enough Hanks, too much Tom Everett Scott and Johnathon Schaech), with characters that you don't really care about and of course a song that drives you absolutely batty even before the movie is over.

However, as a social statement of what the music industry does to musicians, this movie has its moments of greatness. I just wish they didn't wander off the path so much and try to build the side stories of romance and interpersonal tension.

The way that we find one hit wonders and turn them into the center of our universe is an American tradition. Not really giving a crap about the people who made the song other than the fact that they made the song is also a tradition. Forcing them to play it over and over again until they're sick of it, angry with their fans causing their fans to get upset over their poor attitudes and then dumping them aside because we don't really like their music, we just like that song because it was played so often because we asked for it to be played often and now we're mad at something that we are really to blame for creating....

You see how it goes round and round? Yeah, that's the American way. And that commentary shown within the sidelines of this movie is what makes it watchable, just so long as you read between the lines.

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