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Richard Harrington - Style section, "A charming pop tale."

Desson Howe - Weekend section, "Leaves you with a pleasant feeling."


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'That Thing You Do!'

Scene from this movie Set during the mid-1960s, the story centers on Guy Patterson, a quiet jazz drum student who works at his father’s electronic appliance store in Erie, Pa. When a local rock band, led by songwriter Jimmy, needs to replace its drummer for a talent show, he agrees to fill in.

Putting an up-tempo beat on their signature song, "That Thing You Do!," he makes them sound like a million bucks. The crowd loves it, the group wins the show, and they realize they’re on to a good thing. So does Play-Tone records executive Mr. White (Tom Hanks), who charts their meteoric future: a tour of state fairs, a recording contract and a hit single. -- Desson Howe
Rated PG


Director: Tom Hanks
Cast: Tom Hanks; Tom Everett Scott; Liv Tyler; Johnathon Schaech; Steve Zahn; Holmes Osborne Jr.; Claudia Stedelin
Running Time: 1 hour, 47 minutes
Filmographies: Tom Hanks; Liv Tyler