Tom Everett Scott
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 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.