MPAA rating: PG
Running Time: Approx. minutes
It's the summer of 1964, and Guy Patterson is a salesman at his father's appliance store in Erie, Pennsylvania. By day, he sells toasters and transistor radios. But at night, he retreats to the basement, sits down at a set of drums, and disappears into a cloud of jazz percussion. In other words, he's ready to roll when a local rock band loses its drummer and asks him to sit in at a college talent show. One month later, The Wonders are shooting stars in the Play-Tone Records galaxy with a recording contract, a state fair tour and a trip to Hollywood.
As their signature song, "That Thing You Do!," rockets to the top of the charts, The Wonders embark on a humorous and surprising journey where they not only get a taste of fame, but an extraordinary look at the halcyon days of rock and roll.
Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks makes his directorial debut on THAT THING YOU DO!, a comedy which he also wrote. The film stars a talented group of newcomers as The Wonders including Tom Everett Scott as Guy, Johnathon Schaech as Jimmy, Steve Zahn as Lenny and Ethan Embry as The Bass Player. Liv Tyler portrays Faye, Jimmy's girlfriend and an unofficial member of the band, and Charlize Theron is Guy's distracted girlfriend, Tina. Hanks portrays Mr. White, the Play-Tone Records executive who manages the band. Also featured are Chris Isaak, Kevin Pollak, Alex Rocco, Peter Scolari and Rita Wilson.
Fueled by four new songs from The Wonders, the movie's soundtrack features wall-to-wall original music evoking the rock bands and girl groups of the early 1960's, including a selection of songs from Play-Tone "artists" such as Freddy Frederickson, Diane Dane, The Chantrellines and The Saturn 5. Both Hanks and producer Gary Goetzman contributed to the songs and supervised the film's soundtrack.