Having acting legend Meryl Streep in a film is usually a sign that you have a quality feature on your hands. While Ricki and the Flash is not of high quality it is made better just by the fact that Meryl Streep plays the lead. Plus there is also the added bonus of seeing Streep and her daughter Mamie Gummer playing a mother and daughter onscreen.
Aging rock musician Ricki Rendazzo (Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada, Sophie’s Choice) plays in a cover band that has a regular gig in a road side bar on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Because she doesn’t make that much money with that gig, Ricki also works as a checkout girl at Whole Foods. Not exactly the music career she was dreaming of when she left her husband Pete (Kevin Kline – A Fish Called Wanda, Wild Wild West) and their three kids, Julie (Mamie Gummer – Side Effects, Cake), Josh (Sebastian Stan – Black Swan, Captain America: The First Avenger) and Adam (Nick Westrate – from television’s Turn: Washington’s Spies). Now come calling years later.
Pete calls Ricki and lets her know that the marriage of their daughter Julie is over and she is depressed. He thinks Ricki can help. Though she cannot really afford the price of the plane ticket she flies from Los Angeles to Indianapolis. She wants to make things right after being absent from their lives for 25 years.
Things in Indianapolis don’t go as Ricki hoped as her kids are still angry at her. Just as soon as she begins to make some headway, Pete’s current wife Maureen (Audra McDonald – from television’s Private Practice) returns home and Ricki is once again shown the door. Back to gigging at the bar with her boyfriend, Greg (Rick Springfield – from television’s General Hospital), and yet it doesn’t feel the same. Then an invitation comes that makes everyone think about what is truly important in their lives.
Despite the fact that most of the story and the dialogue feels a little unnatural there are still some fun and cool moments in the film. Most of them are courtesy of Streep and her daughter. The reason to see the movie is the acting whereas both Oscar Award winners screenwriter Diablo Cody (Young Adult, Juno) and director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia) have had better moments.
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