Meryl Streep takes on a whole new gig—as a hard-rocking singer/guitarist—for Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno). In an original and electrifying 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 Mamie Gummer, her real-life daughter; 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.
Now Showing at the Backlot!
RICKI AND THE FLASH
Friday, August 28 - Tuesday, September 1
Friday - Monday: (4:30) and 7:00
Directed by: Jonathan Demme
Cast: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Audra McDonald, Rick Springfield
Astonishing Meryl Streep Rocks Out
Is there anything Meryl Streep can’t do? In Ricki And The Flash she sings the hits and then manages to hit you in the heart as a lowly San Fernando Valley club rocker who never quite made it in the big time and suffers from a dysfunctional family she basically abandoned. The film presents Streep at her absolute best, once again providing the 19-time Oscar nominated and three-time winning star with a stellar role she delivers with a sensational and surprising performance. The fact that she plays opposite her daughter Mamie Gummer — portraying Ricki’s filmpete hammond review badge daughter in a very different kind of relationship than the one they share in real life — only adds to the appeal of this cinematic treat for grown-ups starving for something a little more adult in a summer of comic book movie adaptations (seven so far including this weekend’s Fantastic Four reboot). But what truly electrifies this film, directed by Jonathan Demme and written by Diablo Cody (Oscar winners for Silence Of The Lambs and Juno, respectively) is the music. Flawlessly covering hits made famous by the likes of Tom Petty, Lady Gaga and Bruce Springsteen among others, Streep and her movie band (which includes famed ’80s rocker Rick Springfield as Ricki’s new soulmate as well as song mate) really make these songs come alive. I have to say I loved it. Streep is just undefeatable no matter what role you throw at her and in this, her third musical feature, she again proves she is as talented in the singing department as she is acting. - - Pete Hammond / Deadline