That Thing You Do!

Director/Writer:Tom Hanks
Director of Photography:Tak Fujimoto
Editor:Richard Chew
Music:Howard Shore
Production Designer:Victor Kempster
Producers:Gary Goetzman, Jonathan Demme and Edward Saxon
Twentieth Century Fox; PG; 110 minutes
Cast:Tom Everett Scott, Steve Zahn, Charlize Theron, Johnathon Schaech, Liv Tyler, Tom Hanks and Jonathan Demme

Hanks's writing/directing is a pleasantly nostalgic look back to 1960s pop culture. That Thing You Do! emerges as an enjoyable, lightweight romp that follows the rise of an Erie, Pennsylvania, Beatle-esque pop band, the Wonders, from playing high-school dances to being courted and signed by a savvy agent (Hanks). The film captures the unbridled optimism of a young band on the verge of stardom as they play the state fairgrounds, hear themselves on the radio for the first time and climb the Billboard charts. Some of Tyler's saccharine lines will make you cringe, but she proves to be a good sport, maintaining an innocent charm throughout.