Ricki and the Flash

Ricki and the Flash

Jonathan Demme (2015)

97min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Everyone wants to "rock on", no one more so than Meryl Streep as the eponymous Ricki in a comedy drama directed by Jonathan Demme. Despite ongoing financial and past marital issues, Ricki lives to please the mixed crowd of regulars at a California honky-tonk by night while slaving at a soulless health-food supermarket in normal working hours. One call from her reasonable, strait-laced ex-husband (Kevin Kline) and Ricki is back to the gated nest, tending to her surly, newly divorced daughter (Mamie Gummer). Still, she struggles to find a place in the family after a hard welcome in an uneven script by Diablo Cody (Juno). Demme's spare direction concentrates a bit too much on several full-length, well-wrought tunes sung by Streep and though charming and laudable, the many close-ups of Gummer (Streep's real-life daughter) give it the whiff of a vanity project. Thankfully Kline and ex-rock star Rick Springfield fit in well while Streep convinces as the failed rock star with a heart of gold-plate - tight leather, dumb hair and all.

Summary

A rock singer who abandoned her family to pursue her dreams of stardom returns to her home town. She gets the chance to make amends for her past mistakes as she reconnects with her ex-husband, and helps her daughter to cope with a difficult time in her life. Comedy drama, starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Streep's real-life daughter Mamie Gummer.

Cast & Crew

Ricki Rendazzo Meryl Streep
Pete Kevin Kline
Julie Mamie Gummer
Maureen Audra McDonald
Greg Rick Springfield
Daniel Ben Platt
Josh Sebastian Stan
Emily Hailey Gates
Director Jonathan Demme
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Swearing, sexual/drug references.Released on: 4 Sep 2015
Drama Comedy