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Music Review: 'That Thing You Do!'

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That Thing You Do!

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
performer:
Ethan Embry, Tom Hanks, Jonathan Schaech, Tom Everett Scott, Liv Tyler, Steve Zahn, Giovanni Ribisi, Alex Rocco, Charlize Theron, Rita Wilson
director:
Tom Hanks
author:
11120
genre:
Drama, musical, Comedy

We gave it a B

Don’t pigeonhole the multifaceted Tom Hanks. Apparently not content to merely act and direct, he also co-wrote or produced nearly half the That Thing You Do! soundtrack’s songs; from Freddy Fredrickson’s lounge-lizard anthem ”Mr. Downtown” to the vibrato-drenched surf guitar of the Saturn 5, he captures the infectiously zany spectrum of ’60s pop. But outside the film’s period trappings, the Wonders’ title cut sounds more like the Knack than a Merseybeat chestnut. B

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