Ricki and the Flash

By Allison - AV

December 4, 2015

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Ricki and the Flash is the story of Linda “Ricki” Brummel (Meryl Streep), a woman who walked out on her family to follow her dream of being a rock star.  Shortly into the movie, Ricki receives a phone call from her ex-husband, Pete, telling her that their daughter, Julie, is going through a breakdown and needs Ricki’s comfort.  The story that follows is one of anger, frustration, and ultimately love as Ricki tries to make things right with her family.  The movie itself was a bit hard to get into at the beginning and, if it had featured spontaneous dance numbers, contained enough music and singing to be considered a musical.  However, Streep’s portrayal of Ricki was perfect from her mannerisms to her voice to her hair. In addition, Streep’s real-life daughter (Mamie Gummer) played her on screen daughter, and Rick Springfield (famous for the #1 single “Jessie’s Girl) was the guitarist in Ricki’s band for an added touch of realism. Overall, the movie was enjoyable, but nothing I would need to watch again.

Overall Rating: C

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