Tom Hanks writes, directs and co-stars in this refreshing, big-hearted comedy that captures the overnight triumph of an American rock band during the glory days of rock and roll.
**Commentary by Tom EverettScott, Jonathon Schaech, Steve Zahn, Ethan Embry & Liv Tyler
**Making THAT THING YOU DO
*The Story Of The Wonders
**THAT THING YOU DO! Reunion
*The Wonders - Big In Japan!
**HBO First Look: The Making of THAT THING YOU DO!
**THAT THING YOU DO! Title Song Submissions
**Josh Clayton - "Feel Alright" Video
**Trailers & TV Spots
Cast & Crew
Though Hanks keeps the satirical and critical aspects of this look at show biz fairly light, there's a lot of conviction and savvy behind the steadiness of his gaze.
First-time writer/director Tom Hanks stays about a half-beat ahead of the cliches with rim shots of boyish enthusiasm and deft comedy. The movie's also buoyed by the title song, whose Beatles sound is infectious enough to merit a real hit.
A sweet, likeable tale of the quick rise to fame and then demise of a small town band. Set in 1964, Hanks' film offers a sanitized, Gump-ish look at a mythical period when boys were boys and girls were girls, with no references to the sex-drug subculture
Mr. Hanks's debut feature, written and directed with delightful good cheer, is rock-and-roll nostalgia presented as pure fizz.
Though Hanks doesn't serve up much context, he's solid with details, and the Wonders' performances ring truer than most.
...a brightly entertaining blend of humor and heartbreak about four fresh-faced guys in a band from Erie, Pa.