That Thing You Do!
- 1 hr 48 min
Tom Hank' directorial debut, That Thing You Do! is a period musical comedy set in the summer of 1964. The Wonders are a small time Pennsylvania quartet who score a big time hit with their song "That Thing You Do!". Drummer Guy Patterson (Thomas Everett Scott) joins the band after the original drummer breaks his arm, and with his suggestions and the help of his uncle (Chris Isaak) the band comes to the attention of a manager at Play-Tone Records. Almost overnight they are propelled to the top of the charts, and with the help of their savvy manager (Tom Hanks) they ride the fame wave for all it is worth. Soon they are headlining concerts, making movies, and playing on talk shows. However the price of fame soon catches up with them as tensions within the band threaten to tear it apart, and their friendships and relationships suffer the effects of their new status. The movie features a original soundtrack of period style songs, some of which were partially composed by Hanks himself. The strong ensemble cast features the likes of Steve Zahn, Liv Tyler, Charlize Theron, and Giovanni Ribisi.