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Movie Review: Meryl Streep in "Ricki and the Flash"

Meryl Streep has been an epitome of a versatile actress. She has portrayed memorable varieties of characters in the big screen. In her film "Ricki and the Flash" she took the challenge of learning how to play the guitar, and being a cool rocking vocalist/lead guitarist of her own band. The film tackled the idea of a broken family and how it affects the children left behind after the separation. The film that reminds you of her singing prowess in "Mamma Mia" and strong comedic-dramatic performance in "It's Complicated." 

Meryl Streep takes on a whole new gig – a hard-rocking singer/guitarist – for Oscar®-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody in TriStar Pictures' “Ricki and the Flash.” Read more: Meryl Streep Learns to Play Guitar for "Ricki and the Flash"

Here are some of our thoughts in the film "Ricki and the Flash"

• Meryl Streep
has performed an impressive and convincing hard-rocking singer/guitarist in this film. The way she handled the guitar and moved like an experienced musician is perfect for the role.

The mother-daughter tandem and scenes of Mamie Gummer (Julie) and Meryl Streep (Ricki) are the right balance of drama and comedy.

• We liked how the film tackles different family and relationship issues (commitments, parent-child, former husband and wives, step mothers...)

Overall the film was enjoyable. It has the right mix of comedy and drama with a hint of music that the older and younger generation would relate to.

The film also gives a glimpse on a life of a dreamer who tried to follow her heart even if it would cost her almost everything. Some parts of the plot might be a little overboard but still it is a feel good film to see with your friends or family.

At Ricki’s (Meryl Streep) side, on lead guitar in Columbia Pictures’ new dramedy “Ricki and the Flash,” director Jonathan Demme cast rock legend Rick Springfield. Best known for his 80s-era hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” Springfield’s career has taken on new dimensions with multifaceted and complex acting roles.

Rock Legend Rick Springfield Co-Stars in "Ricki and the Flash"

Mamie Gummer stars opposite her mother Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in Ricki and the Flash for Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme. Written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody, the film features a clutch of electrifying musical performances as it follows Streep’s rock star character, Ricki Rendazzo, on a journey to redemption. Gummer stars as Ricki’s estranged daughter, Julie, read more:

Mamie Gummer Shares Screen with Mom Meryl Streep in "Ricki and The Flash" 

"Ricki and the Flash" (2015)
PG-13  |  101 min  |  Comedy, Drama, Music | September 9, 2015 (Philippines)

Our ratings: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Director: Jonathan Demme
Writer: Diablo Cody
Stars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer


Meryl Streep takes on a whole new gig – a hard-rocking singer/guitarist – for Oscar®-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody in Ricki and the Flash. In an original film loaded with live musical performances, Streep stars as Ricki Rendazzo, a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock-and-roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family. Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer; Rick Springfield, portraying a Flash member in love with Ricki; Kevin Kline as Ricki’s ex-husband; and Audra McDonald as Kline’s new wife.

To be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting Sept. 9, “Ricki and the Flash” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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