• That Thing You Do! (1996)

That Thing You Do!

Release Date: 1996

DVD Release Date: June 5th, 2001

PG |1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary

Wily band manager Mr. White helps a small town band achieve big time success when they release a Beatles-style pop song in 1964. Pennsylvania band the "Oneders" become a sensation after their drummer breaks his arm, and is replaced by jazz enthusiast, Guy Patterson, who injects something a bit different into their music.

Cast: Tom Everett Scott, Liv Tyler, Johnathon Schaech, Steve Zahn, Ethan Embry, Tom Hanks, Charlize Theron, Obba Babatunde

Director: Tom Hanks

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox

Keywords: Love, 1960s, Underdog, Spirited, Girlfriend, Transformation, Amusing, Friendship

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Duane ByrgeThe Hollywood Reporter

    The chief wonder of this rock 'n' roll cast is Tom Everett Scott, whose easy charisma, dreamy smile and undersurface intelligence should shoot him up the acting charts like a bullet. show more

  • 75
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Hanks works like a sketch artist feeling his way before attempting a large canvas. His material is slight, but his writing and directing have an unforced humor and an unhurried grace that suggest he may be a natural. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The movie may be inconsequential, but in some ways that's a strength. Without hauling in a lot of deep meanings, it remembers with great warmth a time and a place. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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