That Thing You Do parents guide

That Thing You Do

One little song can change your life.

Overall A-

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.

Release date October 4, 1996

Violence A
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A-
Substance Use C

Why is That Thing You Do rated PG? The MPAA rated That Thing You Do PG

Run Time: 107 minutes

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That Thing You Do
Rating & Content Info

Please read our content details for this movie to help determine if it is suitable. We also encourage you to check our full review.

Why is That Thing You Do rated PG? That Thing You Do is rated PG by the MPAA

Following the story of a wannabe rock-and-roll band, the movie may leave the impression that a boyfriend and girlfriend have an on going sexual relationship, and later implies that an unmarried couple are heading into a hotel room for that purpose. The film also contains a some mild sexual innuendo and a few female characters wear low-cut and midriff baring costumes. Language concerns are minimal, with just a couple of minor expletives. Alcohol is consumed in many bars and at social settings, with a character depicted as drinking to excess. As well, the prevalence of smoking during the 1960s is reflected in the many instances of cigar and cigarette use.

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That Thing You Do
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia G Occasional Swearing.
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba PG
Ontario PG
Quebec G
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG

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News About "That Thing You Do"

Cast and Crew

That Thing You Do is directed by Tom Hanks and stars Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler, Steve Zahn, Tom Everett Scott.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of That Thing You Do movie is April 2, 2013. Here are some details…

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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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).