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That Thing You Do

When their drummer breaks his arm, Guy Patterson (Tom Everett Scott) is asked to join The Wonders. Picking up the pace of the wannabe band's only song, Guy turns "That Thing You Do" into a hit single, which in turn puts the group on the fast track to rock-and-roll stardom. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: A
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 107
Theater Release: 04 Oct 1996
Video Release: 02 Apr 2013
MPAA Rating: PG
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The climb to music industry fame is a common theme in movies. Look for it in Dreamgirls and Ray (based on the life of Ray Charles). The Ambassador Hotel, where the band stays while in LA, has a famous history that is touched upon in the movie Bobby (a recounting of the assassination of Bobby Kennedy).

Home Video Extra Features

Blu-ray Notes: That Thing You Do!

Release Date: 2 April 2013

That Thing You Do! releases to Blu-ray in package including two versions of the film: Tom Hanks Extended Cut and the Theatrical Version. Parent should note the Extended Cut includes more content concerns that the Theatrical Version does. (See the notes at the bottom of our review.) Other bonus extras on the disc include:

- That Thing You Do! Reunion

- Feel Alright Music Video

- The Wonders! Big In Japan!

- The Story Of The Wonders

- Making That Thing You Do!

- HBO First Look: The Making Of That Thing You Do!

That Thing You Do!: Tom Hanks’ Extended Cut

DVD Release Date: 8 May 2007

Actor/writer/director Tom Hanks releases his hit movie That Thing You Do! to DVD in an Extended Cut edition. The 2-disc set also provides the original theatrical release of the film. This will be good news to parents, who may want to share this version of the movie with their children because the new, unrated, extra-length version now includes a lot more potential content concerns.

Other bonus materials (most of which are found on the second disc) include a commentary by actors Tom Everett Scott, Jonathon Schaech, Steve Zahn, Ethan Embry and Liv Tyler, and some naval-gazing featurettes, such as Making That Thing You Do!, The Story Of The Wonders, The Wonders - Big In Japan!, and a HBO First Look documentary. In That Thing You Do! Reunion, the principle cast members gather together to reminisce about the movie (and Tom Everett Scott shares his thoughts while doing the love scene with Ms. Theron). Title Song Submissions, Josh Clayton’s music video Feel Alright and the movie trailers round out the offerings.

Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1and DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround).

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