Streep’s outstanding guitar stringing ability helps keep The Flash sweet from its predictable premise.
It’s a hoot watching Meryl rock out on the guitar and vocals, which keeps Ricki and the Flash charming from its inconsistent tone throughout the film. Ricki Rendazzo (Streep) dumps her family to leave for the big leagues in the music industry in Cali. Unfortunately, Ricki and her band never make it big, playing at a local bar performing cover songs.
Ricki is no star, but she still performs with passion and director Jonathan Demme lets music ring through the air. Her band consists of drummer Joe Vitale, keyboardist Bernie Worrell, bassist Rick Rosas and guitarist/lover-boy Greg (Rick Springfield). Ricki's band keeps the beat moving throughout the film. Now, Ricki’s life takes a turn of events when she has to return home to help her estranged daughter Julie (Streep’s real-life daughter Mamie Gummer).
Julia is devastated because her husband cheated on her and is now divorcing her too. It’s up to Ricki to learn how to be a real mother and a rock-star at the same time. Ricki and the Flash is heartfelt and predictable, while Streep continued to shred the guitar.
Ricki and the Flash is rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned). For thematic material, brief drug content, sexuality and language.
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