Here we are again with the third installment of The Weekend Watch. Each week, I pay homage to a film and bestow upon it a spot on the coveted list. This highlighted film is one that makes us stop what we are doing every time we come across it on television or when scanning the home film library.
This week’s spot goes to a film that has recently worn thin on the nerves of Mrs. Poobah – Tom Hanks directorial debut, That Thing You Do!
So – there is a lot to love about this movie. First, the cast is amazing. Charlize Theron was one of the first to be cast in the film, and is only in it for a brief amount of time. Additionally, there is Steve Zahn (comedic gold here), Ethan Embry, Tom Evert Scott, Liv Tyler, Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari (Bossom Buddies!), Rita Wilson, and Kevin Pollack to name just a few of the outstanding players in this film.
Second – the attention to detail is impeccable. From the costumes, to the vehicles, to the all-important choice of music in this film:
Would it surprise you to know that the four actors that make up the band the Wonders (or the Oneders, if you will) actually practiced for 8 weeks before filming a single scene together?
I think – for me – this attention to detail, along with a focus on telling a good story, is really what makes this film so enjoyable. In the viewers mind, one knows that this is a work of fiction, but by the film’s end you almost wish that this was a true story. And I think Hanks – who wrote the screenplay as well – knows this…after all, why else provide updates on the band mates during the film’s closing credits?
Honestly, I can’t get enough of this film.