Adam Schlesinger also penned songs for Hugh Grant’s “Music and Lyrics”, and most recently, co-wrote some of the tunes for “A Colbert Christmas”.
I love Lenny! He has all the best lines…most of it’s in the delivery.
“Hey, isn’t that our fan?”
“Luke? Who’s Luke?”
“I’m signing, you’re signing, we’re all signing…”
“There he goes, off to his room to write that hit song ‘Alone In My Principles.’”
And the part on the plane when he calls Mr. White “Herr Playtone.”
And I liked the way they characterized Mr. White. He was a businessman, and that was his first priority, but he wasn’t a bad guy at all. He was sympathetic to Faye, and he didn’t give The Bass Player a hard time when he found out he was going to have to leave the band, or Guy when the band falls apart. He’s human, when they could’ve so easily made him an evil character.
I never knew there was a director’s cut out there! It’s going on my Christmas list right now!
And for that, Thank you Mr. Hanks!
She’s pretty hot.
And right after that, when Faye says, “There’s something you have to know about Jimmy . . .” we always say, “He’s a jackass.”
I don’t know how “easy” it would have been to make Mr. White an evil character. I mean, Tom Hanks wrote and directed the thing. He probably wasn’t interested in marring the film, and his good guy image, by making Mr. White a douchebag.
My husband and I both adore this movie too. It’s one of those movies that never gets old no matter how many times I see it. I had no idea there was a director’s cut!
I’m still always surprised when I realize that Charleze Theron has a bit role in it.
It’s a damed shame that this movie died at the box office. It should have been a hit, at least among people who say they want good, clean, fun movies, but don’t really want to put their money where their mouths are.
It was an OK movie, but the thing that ruined it for me is that the band plays “That Thing You Do” eleven times, IIRC, and when you get out of the theater you still can’t hum it.
Real 60s songs had ineradicable hooks. If you heard them eleven times you would have them in your head for life.
I once checked out the real 1964. I think I found exactly one American band that had a one-hit wonder top ten hit that corresponded to the scenario in the movies. They were the Replacements with (Just Like) Romeo and Juliet. [Note: YouTube link.] A nothing group with a nothing song, but it’s insanely catchy and I can hear the chorus in my head as soon as I hear the title.
Sorry, but that’s what the movie had to be based around. Without that it just couldn’t work, pleasant as it was. A true 60’s-style hit that would have been played over and over and over would have made the movie the hit it wasn’t.
I love the songs, bought the soundtrack. “Dance With Me Tonight” gets sung along to when it comes up on shuffle. It’s just a fun happy song.
And apparently, I need to see the Director’s cut. (And Netflix doesn’t seem to have it.)
I always mix up the Reflections and the Replacements. Causes me no end of trouble on karaoke night.
Did the 'Mats ever cover “Romeo and Juliet?” That’d be pretty cool.
Will someone who is more worldly then myself please tell me what I’m missing by not seeing the Director’s cut. Spoil it, if you must.
I love this movie. I always imagine Tom Hanks having a blast- he has so much clout that he can just make the movies he cares about (like Apollo 13). This must have been fun for him.
Guy always looked like a younger Tom Hanks to me.
Fun, fun movie.
I just saw this again a couple days ago–one of my favorite “Lenny Lines” came when the band had just played at Villapiano’s and the owner was paying them a bonus, referring to them as “The O-NEE-ders.” Lenny said, “Hey, that’s O-NEH-ders.” The line’s tossed out so casually that you can almost miss it, but it cracks me up every time!
You mean T. B. Player?
“Pre-sidential flash cards?”
I’ve always been a fan of “small” movies and this is one of the best. Great acting, great toss-off lines and a great story. Everyone seems so real. I like the family scenes when they’re watching the Oneders (Wonders) on the variety show. It was also nice that Hanks put Peter Scolari in the movie. I always like Bosom Buddies.
A great little film. Didn’t the song win the Best Song Oscar? I know it was nominated; I think it won.
Not according to IMDb.
I love this film. Quentin Tarantino describes certain films as “hang out” films, where you watch the film over and over again just because you like hanging out with the characters.
Definitely have to get the Director’s Cut.
Ah yes. I see in Wikipedia it was nominated but lost to “You Must Love Me,” from Evita. What a rip!
This was the only time I ever cared about a Best Song nominee, and I was irked when it lost.