An appreciation of "That Thing You Do!"

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by sloaches, Dec 25, 2014.

  1. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident

    Disagree completely.

    I love 99.9% of the movie but that "thousand kisses" line is super cringe worthy. Nobody talks like that.

    The whole movie's dialogue has a natural tone to it. That "thousand kisses" line sounds like what a writer who's trying too hard to sound artistic would write. Possibly might be OK in a Harlequin novel but the drastic change in tone with that line is jarring, to say the least.
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  2. Jrr

    Jrr Forum Resident

    Hmm. I really liked that line too. I don't think it's far fetched that she would say that. Now, using your line "no one talks like that" certainly validates your feelings about it because you're right. But, it's a movie. Most people don't talk like most actors in a movie, which is why they entertain us. You kinda have to suspend the reality of real life when you walk into a theater or based on what you said you would have to throw out three quarters of the dialogue in most films! I get what you're saying though. I think the way she says it does add realism because I think her character would absolutely say something like that. She is very charming in that film.
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  3. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident

    Perhaps but again, her character never says anything flowery or poetic like that.

    How would you find it if that line were uttered in an episode of 24? Or a Terminator movie? Sure a ridiculous example but the language style would be as jarring to me. I don't know... that line always really really bothered me.

    On the flip side, a series of movies like Star Wars which loves to use flowery language throughout actually used the word "pregnant" in the prequels which was equally jarring... but those were terrible movies which makes it less irritating because I'll never watch them again. LOL!

    Aside from that, great movie!
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  4. JamieC

    JamieC Forum Resident

    Detroit Mi USA
    But she WAS living her romantic fantasy. I think it IS the way she saw it, and how she would write in her diary. But she was strong and stood up to him without breaking down.
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  5. Even though the title track is too slickly produced to be a '60s release.
  6. Agree 100%. It's the only bit of movie that particularly struck me as false. Aside from the '90s production on the music, that is. :)
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  7. Tim S

    Tim S Forum Resident

    East Tennessee
    Particularly the drums, which are very loud in the mix and have a good deal of digital reverb on them - it's good sounding reverb, but it's obviously not a chamber or a plate. The rest of the song isn't so slick - it's just way clearer and more balanced than you would have heard at the time. Always comical to me that this great recording somehow was done live to a 2 track in a local church :p
  8. Well of course what else would one expect? They had to try and sell that soundtrack. The song and feel of the material feels close enough to period correct to make it shine.
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  9. drivingfrog

    drivingfrog Forum Resident

    Los Angeles
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  10. sixtiesstereo

    sixtiesstereo Forum Resident

    But "Dance With Me Tonight" (the best song in the film) could easily have been a real
    recording in the 60's, and probably would have gone to Number 1.
  11. Jrr

    Jrr Forum Resident

    I totally get your point. I just think the film did such a good job conveying her love and devotion to Jimmy that I believed her heartfelt comment. I agree with you that no one would actually think of such a poetic flowery line in such a spontaneous moment, especially given she would have been in such an emotional wreck and shock. But not much about that movie would actually happen! Which was my point I suppose. You really have to check your brain at the door for so many movies and just go on with the ride. But I love the film anyway, as you did, and I wish Tom had seen it do better.

    I did discover that the long version didn't play well on a second viewing. I think I noted many threads back how well I thought it worked. It still would be the way to watch it the first time, but it is very redundant the second and you can understand why it was cut. Still, great to have a choice on dvd.
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  12. Chip TRG

    Chip TRG Forum Resident

    Why *DIDN'T* you dump her in Pittsburgh?!?!
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  13. MarkTheShark

    MarkTheShark Forum Resident

    Take off those stupid sunglasses.
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  14. Ginger Ale

    Ginger Ale Snackophile

    New York
    I think I have the soundtrack. Now I have to see this movie again. Besides, it contains Supermarionation.
  15. MarkTheShark

    MarkTheShark Forum Resident

    They're marionettes. That's what they are.
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  16. I don't think it was his idea, but said drummer also served to jack up the tempo of an early hit from a plodding ballad to a barnstorming pop rocker.
  17. TeleStrat

    TeleStrat Senior Member

    Norwalk, CA
    I enjoyed the movie and have it on DVD.
    I've always liked movies about bands or solo artists trying to make it in the music industry even if the bands are not real.
    I like seeing the early days when they are struggling and then seeing what happens after they get signed.
  18. George Co-Stanza

    George Co-Stanza Forum Resident

    Love this movie. A very charming film.

    Steve Zahn is the comedic star of it, but they really did a good job of casting everyone.

    The scene where they hear their song for the first time on the radio is so great, as they capture how many would react when hearing a song of theirs on the radio for the first time. Such a fun movie.
  19. FVDnz

    FVDnz Forum Resident

    I really have to see this movie again. Fingers crossed I can locate the Bluray in town but it might end up being an online purchase, methinks.

    Think they should make a Wonders Reunion movie (with the same actors of course)... :D
  20. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Tom Hanks=Brian Epstein
  21. Standoffish

    Standoffish Don't you dare call me an ostrich!

    Jimmy=George, serious musician
    Lenny=Paul, the cute one
    Del Paxton=Chuck Berry, the inspiration
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  22. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Faye...Yoko? Nah, Cynthia
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  23. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    None of these comparisons actually work. Other than the gay angle revealed in the longer cut, Mr. White is nothing like Epstein. Other than being a drummer and being last to join, Shades doesn't resemble Ringo.

    Lenny's not the best-looking guy in the band, and Faye doesn't lure away the creative inspiration.

    George seems like an unlikely pick as the band's "serious musician" - I'd say Jimmy's talent and ambition makes him more like Paul.

    While there are some Beatles allusions/connections in "TTYD" - such as the "sorry girls, he's engaged" banner under Jimmy on TV - these are largely very loose. The characters aren't connected in any meaningful way...
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  24. MarkTheShark

    MarkTheShark Forum Resident

    Jimmy = Nesmith

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