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Ricki & the Flash is a movie about Ricki, a struggling sixty-ish rock singer guitarist who gave up everything including her family for her dream of becoming a rock-and-roll star. She and her band play at a strip mall bar in a Los Angeles suburb and in order to make ends meet, Ricki has to work at a grocery as a cashier.
Ricki has to return home to Indianapolis in order to make things right with her family where her daughter is having a break down and tried to kill herself after she was dumped by her husband; her son is getting married to an uptight vegetarian.
While the story is about redemption, the movie is not melodramatic. It is not about the main character making amends to what she did just to follow her dream but it is about reconnecting with her family. The movie is about “profession versus family” where the main character picked profession. It is not only about the relationship with her family but also about working women in general; men are generally have better chances and are tolerated to make mistakes than women.
Ricki & the Flash is not a summer blockbuster movie with huge production design but a small movie with a few major stars. It is a drama-comedy, but not the uplifting type, with great music and relatively alright plot.
As usual Meryl Streep gave everything she can to make her character believable as a struggling rock-and-roll musician who is beyond her prime. Kevin Kline is also believable as the ex-husband (he is showing his age). Mamie Gummer, Meryl Streep’s real-life daughter is like her mother acting wise.
It stars Meryl Streep as Ricki Rendazzo, Kevin Kline as former husband Pete Brummel, Rick Springfield as boyfriend Greg and Mamie Gummer as daughter Julie. Directed by Jonathan Demme and written by Diablo Cody.
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