A woman named Linda leaves her family to pursue her dream of being a rock star. And she hasn't achieved the notoriety she hoped for. Her ex-husband calls her to tell her that her daughter suffered a breakdown because her husband left her. She goes back to Indianapolis. But her daughter doesn't exactly welcome her with open arms. But she stays and tries. And her sons also don't welcome her warmly.Written by
Ricki flies to and from Indianapolis via JetBlue, which does not fly to and from Indianapolis. See more »
You know, they say, like... all kids are screwed up now. It's the air on the radio waves or the - the peanuts.
Hey, do you remember the pediatrician, the one - What was his name? Fa - Dr. Fa - Farling. Fena - Fenamana. Fenan - Fenan.
Yeah. The guy in Wheaton. What about him?
That doctor. Remember, he said Joshy was hyperactive. Turns out he's drinking too much pop.
They know nothing.
Yeah, they know nothing.
We know nothing.
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The credits are accompanied by a clip of Ricki and the Flash singing "Cold One" at the wedding. See more »
Cheesy, Pedestrian Story Saved only by Meryl Streep
As hard as I've tried, I just can't get on the Diablo Cody bandwagon. Yes, I saw Juno and Young Adult, both movies that I thought had great concepts and stories hindered by clunky screenplays. Cody's writing hints at much of what people complain about millennials: narcissistic, overly snarky, and the thought that being a special snowflake makes up for being a miserable, unlikable human being. Ricki and the Flash follows this formula once again.
Sorry, but if you're a mother and you just ditch your family to selfishly "follow your dream", the family shouldn't just accept you back like it's no big deal. I just couldn't get past that. The story felt more like a Disney Channel Movie than anything else.
I like Meryl Streep and it was kind of funny seeing her as a rockstar, but that was about the only good thing going for it. Her performance alone made up for an otherwise weak screenplay and generic story.
Hollywood badly needs more female writers and directors, but Cody's flaws as a writer keep showing up movie after movie. She needs a co- writer or script doctor to help polish up the unrealistic dialogue, characters that appear more like cartoon characters than human beings, and humor that is more eye rolling than gut busting.
I think I'll skip her next film, like I should have skipped this one.
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