Ricki and the Flash

 

So I just watched this movie and I have to say that it exceeded my expectations. Yes it is a little predictable but it is also delightfully entertaining and with some great acting coming from big names.

The movie is a comedy-drama which was written by Diablo Cody (you may know her from the movie Juno). Ricki, played by Meryl Streep, plays in a band at a dive bar. We find out as the movie plays out that she abandoned her family in order to pursue her dreams of the rock and roll kind but her dreams did not quite pan out. Meanwhile, she has a lot of damage to repair with her family and she gets a shot at redemption when her ex calls her to come visit her daughter in crisis. I will leave the plot there so there are no spoiler alerts for those of you that have not watched it yet.

So here is what I loved about it, first of all, I was impressed with Meryl Streep’s ability to play guitar and sing (I have always loved her acting J). Apparently she learned to play electric guitar for this role – keep in mind that she was in her mid sixties when it was filmed so yes old dogs (sorry for the reference Meryl) can learn new tricks – very inspiring.

As mentioned, there is some great acting from some names you may have heard of, Kevin Kline anyone? Rick Springfield also plays her band mate but he does not sing, sorry ladies. In addition what is a really neat dynamic is that her daughter is played by Meryl Streep’s real daughter, Mamie Gummer. The apple does not fall far from the tree. And at the end of the movie you meet Oma who is a familiar face. I will save you the Google, she is played by Charlotte Rae who was the headmistress on the Facts of Life.

In any case, I did not know much about Ricki and the Flash before I watched and I really enjoyed it. If you are looking for a light-hearted movie to entertain you, you will not be disappointed.

 

Sources:

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/08/07/how-meryl-streep-turned-rock-star-ricki-and-flash

Trailer for Ricki and the Flash