Synopsis: A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family
Release Date: August 7, 2015
Thoughts: What you have here is a movie with a stacked deck: an Oscar-winning director (Jonathan Demme, The Silence of the Lambs), an Oscar-winning screenwriter (Diablo Cody, Juno), and Oscar darling Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady, Into the Woods, etc.). Here’s the thing though…this first look at the trio’s Ricki and the Flash looks pretty ordinary by most conventional standards. I’ve no doubt that Demme, Cody, and Streep will make something out of the slim set-up but the first preview for the anticipated film gives too much away (even the ending!) and has enough of those eye-rolling dramatic one-line statements to fill up my Give Me a Break tank. No matter, I’d see anything any of these Oscar winners do individually…so I’m interested to see what their collaboration brings. Surely Streep could end up with another Oscar nom for her efforts, but might we also see her perform Jenny Lewis’ original song on the telecast too?