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Ricki and the Flash is a 2015 comedy-drama movie about a housewife, Linda (played by Meryl Streep), who gives up her family to try and become a rock star, under her alter-ego named Ricki. It's not until her ex-husband (Kevin Kline) asks her to come back to help him with their daughter, Julie (played by Mamie Gummer, Meryl's real life daughter) who is having problems in her life, that Linda returns to her family. The reason Julie's having problems is she just tried to kill herself because her husband is divorcing her.

Linda, as Ricki, is broke. Ricki has a regular gig playing shows in a bar at night, and has a day job working as a cashier to make ends meet. When she goes back home, her three kids are hostile towards her and don't like her for abandoning them. Her other two kids besides Julie, are sons; one is gay and the other just got engaged. No one told Linda about her son getting engaged.

Her ex-husband's new wife, Maureen, out of resentment toward Linda being there, tells Linda that she wasn't there for her kids, but Maureen was. She has a lot of things to say to Linda about all the damage she caused by leaving her family, therefore causing Maureen to be left to deal with the family problems. It angers Linda, sending her back to California to continue her life as Ricki, and in displaced anger, causes her to say some really insensitive things to her guitar player, Greg (played by Rick Springfield), who is in love with her.

Linda gets an invitation to her son's wedding from Maureen. In order for Ricki to have enough money to go to the wedding, her boyfriend, Greg, sells his best guitar to buy plane tickets for her and him to go. Linda makes up with her family, but it doesn't really change the fact that she has been gone too long and doesn't fit in with them, anymore. In lieu of a gift to her son on his wedding day, Linda, as Ricki, plays a few songs with her band for her son.

| 2015 | 1 hr 41 min | 5.9/10
Jonathan Demme
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