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At the movies: Ricki and the Flash

September 24, 2015

Ricki and the Flash

My friend and I are Meryl Streep fans so we decided to see Ricki and the Flash – the story of a woman who left her husband and children to pursue her dream of being a rock and roll star.  When Ricki’s daughter gets divorced and goes into a tailspin, her ex-husband doesn’t know who to turn to so he calls Ricki.  She goes to them but quickly realizes she doesn’t know her family anymore and eventually returns home somewhat defeated.  Another opportunity presents itself so she, and her boyfriend, make a trip to see her family to once more attempt a reconciliation.

We both enjoyed the movie – we thought it was fun – but neither of us loved it.  The music is great with Meryl Streep singing and playing guitar along with legends like Rick Springfield and Rick Rosas, but the storyline is a little too pat and things are tied up too neatly in the end.  It was fun to see Streep perform with her daughter, Mamie Gummer.   In the end the movie isn’t great but it’s still worth watching at home.

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. September 24, 2015 5:26 am

    I loved it, Kathy, but I love just about anything Meryl Streep does….and it was fun to see her with her daughter again. The first time I saw her acting with her daughter, Mamie was a baby, and the movie was Heartburn, with Meryl and Jack Nicholson.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Beth F permalink
    September 24, 2015 8:05 am

    I figured this one to skip in the theater — though I can’t wait to see it at home. I love Meryl Streep!

  3. September 24, 2015 8:29 am

    Since I live in a town that only has one movie theater and shows only blockbusters (or what he perceives to be blockbusters), I rarely get to see any ‘good’ movies at the theater. I miss that! So, I will wait to watch it at home, but default.

  4. September 24, 2015 8:49 am

    My daughter and I saw this and loved it. I need to write a review for it and a few other movies I’ve seen.

  5. September 24, 2015 9:31 am

    I agree with you, for the most part. I might have liked it a little bit less than you. I gave it a 2.25/4. And I do like Meryl Streep.

  6. September 24, 2015 9:43 am

    What Candace said!

  7. September 24, 2015 11:49 am

    I wonder if she’ll get nominated for an Oscar for this? She seems to automatically nominated no matter how good or bad the actual movie she’s in is!

  8. September 24, 2015 2:46 pm

    The Hubs and I saw this last weekend, I liked it too, but I really wanted to love it! Nice sweet ending saved it for me, because I was a little bothered by the feeling that I was supposed to feel sorry for Rikki, when her own choices caused it all. Maybe because I live in So. Cal… Where so many people have these big dreams of stardom, I was more unsympathetic and impatient than I should have been.

  9. Patty permalink
    September 24, 2015 7:28 pm

    Hmmm…reading everyone’s thoughts is making it hard to decide…but I hate her hair in that movie…

  10. talesofwhimsy permalink
    September 24, 2015 10:57 pm

    Ooh bummer. I had high hopes.

  11. September 25, 2015 3:26 pm

    sounds like a good pick me up rental.

  12. September 26, 2015 3:24 pm

    The trailer for this one didn’t grab me but I might watch it at home.

  13. September 27, 2015 1:26 pm

    Anything with Meryl Streep in it is worth watching, I think. She’s just so amazing. I recently saw Rendition, and I was amazed at how well she played a poorly written role.

  14. The Cue Card permalink
    September 27, 2015 11:26 pm

    Okay good to know. I’ll likely rent it at home. I wasn’t sure from the preview.

  15. September 30, 2015 10:20 am

    Hmm. I’m tired of the baby boomer frees her inner rock star theme, especially from Meryl (same part she played in Mama Mia) so I figured I’d skip this one. Maybe it’s a Netflix choice for a winter night, though.

  16. bookingmama permalink
    October 5, 2015 2:48 pm

    Probably just fun movie and you shouldn’t read too much into that! Pure escapism.

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