Ricki and the Flash

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Meryl Streep's outstanding work helps Ricki and the Flash overcome its inconsistent tone and fairly predictable premise.

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It's been a roller-coaster ride for Ricki Rendazzo (Meryl Streep), a one-time wife and mother of three who left her family behind to follow her dreams of rock 'n' roll stardom in California. Now, the singer and guitarist must face the music when she returns home to Indiana to reconnect with ex-husband Pete (Kevin Kline), troubled daughter Julie, engaged son Josh and younger son Adam. Filled with regret, Ricki hopes to find redemption for all of the bad choices that she made in the past.

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  • Feb 26, 2017
    For Meryl Streep fans only. And then after at least half a bottle of vino. Or a joint. Or both. Yeah, both.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • May 31, 2016
    Okay drama of aging rocker trying to be there for her family after many years away isn't bad but goes on about ten minutes longer than it should.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2016
    A down-and-out, estranged mother comes back into the lives of her upper-middle-class children, ex-husband and his perfect second wife (played by perfect Audra McDonald, naturally). She wins them back through music, and it's really just so much fun. I know Meryl Streep is lauded as the best dramatic actress of her generation, but I've always thought the grand dame a bit stuffy and boring. Perhaps that's why I liked her departure into blue-lidded, Alanis-braided, tatted-up, has-been rockstar. The thing is, Meryl Streep ISN'T a badass; she dabbles in it, as does her character Ricki whom she plays as appropriately lost and hopeful and distant and maternal. She performs the mellow, classic rock selections better than the (possibly altered) mezzo belting of the Witch in "Into the Woods" and the tinny pop of Donna in "Mamma Mia." It's unfortunate that Streep breaks her streak of annual Oscar nominations, seeing as most critics found her performance campy and the movie predictable. Oh well. Mamie Gummer, Streep's doppelganger daughter, is a bit one-note ragey and one-note catatonic, but her Resting Bitch Face is intensely formidable, and I like the casting of real life family members in movies.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2016
    Directed by Jonathan Demme and written by Diablo Cody, Ricki and The Flash is a satiric character drama about an aging rock star mother who reconnects with her estranged family. Starring Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer, the film has a solid cast that gives some good performances. The plot however, is kind of all over the place and doesn't have a clear focus. Still, the musical performances bring a lot of energy to the film and are kind of fun. Ricki and The Flash has its moments, but it doesn't really work and is largely forgettable.
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