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Tom Hanks's debut as a writer and director is a lively, affectionate account of the shooting-star career of a forgotten (fictional) '60s pop-rock band called The Wonders--as in "one-hit wonders." Hanks plays the manager of the group, which includes drummer Guy "Sticks" Patterson (Tom Everett Scott) who works the floor at his parents' appliance store in Erie, Pennsylvania; Jimmy (Johnathon Schaech), the talented and temperamental lead singer and songwriter; Lenny (Steve Zahn), the goofy guitarist; and Ethan Embry as a geeky little fellow identified in the cast list only as "The Bass Player." The movie traces their meteoric rise and fall, from cutting their first record, to going on tour with a Phil Spector/Motown-type revue, to the internal tensions that lead to the band's disintegration, which comes when they fail to follow up their smash hit single, "That Thing You Do!" And that song, by the way, is so catchy it would definitely have been a hit in 1964--and deserves to be one today. This delightful movie would make a great double-bill with Allison Anders's wonderful "Grace of My Heart". "--Jim Emerson"
Great movie. The way it's filmed bring you right into that Era. A must seePublished 8 days ago by Raffaele Provvisiero
One of the classics. Arrived on time packaged for protection, great quality.Published 19 days ago by LynnsayM
Oh, HOW could you cut the scene of the OneDers jumping around on the big stage? Or how could you cut the inte4view with Del Paxton? Read morePublished 21 days ago by M Bowles
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I'm pretty sure they ended up changing their name sometime during the movie to The Wonders because of that mispronunciation.
Oct 9, 2012 by Nathan L. Baker | See all 4 posts
|What commentary track? There is none!||
The official 20th Century Fox DVD site says that Disc 1 includes commentary by the actors. So WHERE IS IT?
May 16, 2007 by morgan1098 | See all 3 posts
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