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That Thing You Do (SE)
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May 24, 2007 By: Sturdy
That Thing You Do (SE) order
Director:
Tom Hanks

Actors:
Tom Everett Scott
Liv Tyler
Steve Zahn

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A hip, amateur quartet gains local fame for a catchy single. Soon, the single becomes a big seller and attracts the attention of a big record label. Unfortunately, the small band is not equipped to deal with the challenges that accompany fame.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
THAT THING YOU DO came out at the height of Tom Hanksís fame in the late 90ís and most people look to this movie as proof of his mortality. I, for one, disagree with that notion and think that this film just proves how great he really is. The movie that he wrote, directed and appeared in is a fun, enjoyable film that appeals to audiences of all age groups.

You canít mention the movie without mentioning the music, and thatís another feather in Tom Hanksís cap since he wrote some of the songs (although not the title song) too. If the song had been released forty years ago, it would surely be a staple on todayís oldies stations. Unfortunately, we hear the song about 200 times during the course of the film, so itís easy to get sick of it. However, they were a one-hit wonder and the overuse of the song is kind of the point.

Perhaps Tomís biggest mistake was not giving himself a bigger part. I realize he was probably trying to stay out of it because he didnít want to steal the show, but the scenes with him in it really are the cream of the crop. The movie gets off to a slow start until that point and stalls when heís not in the movie. As much as I like Tom Everett Scott and the rest of the supporting cast, they didnít carry the film as well as they should have.

This version of the film is ďTom Hanksís extended cutĒ and it includes some additional scenes. I wouldnít say the extended cut changes anything, but one thing it did do was include a lot more scenes with Charlize Theron. She got a lot more screen time this time around. I would say I like this version better, only because her scenes add more to the development of Tom Everett Scottís character.
THE EXTRAS
The Wonders! Big in Japan (6:58): The cast went to Japan to promote the film and this features interviews with them about their experience. It was a neat little featurette and it was nice to get their views on their trip.

The Story of the Wonders (30:48): This was a little long considering it didnít really cover that much material. The cast is interviewed about the movie and they basically sum up what the film is about. If you watch this, then youíve probably already seen the movie and this will be kind of a waste of your time.

Making That Thing You Do (13:43): This is cool because it features a lot of Mr. Hanks. He talks about the film and his inspirations for writing it. There are other cast interviews thrown in, but his are the most interesting.

That Thing You Do Reunion (10:16): I love reunion pieces and this one was pretty decent. There are too many movie clips thrown in, but itís still alright. Is it just me, or does Ethan Embry look really old?

HBO First Look (13:01): Typical HBO documentary. Way too many movie clips and not worth the time if youíve seen the movie.

There are also some Previews, a Music video and some TV spots.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I enjoyed THAT THING YOU DO, and I find it to be a nice, wholesome story with cute characters and funny moments. Itís a good story thatís been done really well. If you didnít check it out the first time around, be sure to pick up this special edition.
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