Matt Diehl
November 15, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

That Thing You Do!

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
Ethan Embry, Tom Hanks, Jonathan Schaech, Tom Everett Scott, Liv Tyler, Steve Zahn, Giovanni Ribisi, Alex Rocco, Charlize Theron, Rita Wilson
director
Tom Hanks
author
Tom Hanks
genre
Drama, musical, Comedy

We gave it a B

Don’t pigeonhole the multifaceted Tom Hanks. Apparently not content to merely act and direct, he also co-wrote or produced nearly half the That Thing You Do! soundtrack’s songs; from Freddy Fredrickson’s lounge-lizard anthem ”Mr. Downtown” to the vibrato-drenched surf guitar of the Saturn 5, he captures the infectiously zany spectrum of ’60s pop. But outside the film’s period trappings, the Wonders’ title cut sounds more like the Knack than a Merseybeat chestnut. B

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