Flash Movie Review: Ricki and the Flash

Ever since it was told to me in a time of need, I have repeated it to many other people. To this day I still use the phrase, “Do what you love and the rest will follow,” as a guide before taking on a new undertaking. Now for the most part I do believe it to be true, however I have come to the realization not everyone will agree to follow along with me. Like me I am sure some of you have known someone who was in a relationship where their significant other refused to follow them when they got a job promotion that involved moving out of state or country. The first time I encountered a difference of opinion that caused a split in the relationship was at the beginning of my career as a fitness/yoga instructor. I was trying to get established at a few fitness centers so I was going to different workshops and conventions, besides teaching my regular schedule and periodically subbing for other instructors’ classes. It was a hectic time for me; there were times where I could not join in on social functions, they would have to go alone. As you may have guessed already it finally came down to where I was given a choice; either give up some classes and spend more time with them or they were going to end the relationship. It was a rough time for me because I was looking for support in my new venture, but yet I understood their needs as well. This dramatic comedy reminded me of that time.    HAVING followed her passion all these years to be a musician Ricki, played by Meryl Streep (The Giver, Into the Woods), had to learn to be a mother again when her daughter Julie, played by real life daughter Mamie Gummer (Side Effects, Cake), was in crisis from a broken marriage. It was not going to be easy to just come back home. The draw to this musical movie was the cast; besides Meryl there was musician/actor Rick Springfield (General Hospital-TV, Loyal Opposition) as Greg and Kevin Kline (Wild Wild West, My Old Lady) as Pete. With a script written by Diablo Cody (Young Adult, Juno), there were times the actors were able to fly with the dialog. Unfortunately, there were other times where they fell flat because the scene was disconnected or predictable. I tried staying away from the buildup by the press about the electric tension Meryl and Mamie had to create between each other; but I have to tell you, I did not find the drama that intense for the situation. It was somewhat bland at times for me. I certainly understand following one’s heart but I needed to see some valid reasons with this film.


2 1/4 stars




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on August 13, 2015, in Dramedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. I think you were generous with your stars…boring, predictable and unbelievable! Bad script and had to believe the kids would just forgive their mom after all the years of neglect. Yuk!

  2. I would still give it a star just for its happy ending. I watch movies so I can be entertained and feel good afterwards. This movie despite it being cheesy did just that and I’m glad I watched it because the cheesy in me felt so good I was able to do good as well in my real life. 🙂

    • I so enjoyed you telling us how if the movie makes you feel good you will be able to do good as well in real life; that is a very cool statement. Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments.

  3. You’re well done with your work, is so cool

  4. I disagree with you. I liked this movie.

    • I am so glad you were moved in a different direction than me concerning this movie. Without revealing too much about the movie, what was it that you enjoyed the most? Thanks for the comment.

  5. I love Meryl Streep but not such a fan of her daughter’s work. I was so hoping this would be better.

  6. I’ve not been impressed by the trailers for this movie. I’m sure I will eventually see it because of Meryl Streep but even the trailer made it look middle-of-the-road and wearily predictable.

  7. Theanne aka magnoliamoonpie

    I’m a big Meryl Streep fan so I’m going to try this movie…plus I’d like to check out the daughter real life and otherwise…I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to movies…so we’ll see 🙂

  8. I am yet to sit down and watch the movie but i definitely can connect with the statement, “Do what you love and the rest will follow”. I think the problem is that many of us are caught in the web of doing what we don’t really want to do. This is sometimes because what you love isn’t bringing in the quick result you hoped for. On the other hand, we have to sell the idea of what we love to those who matter in our lives. Difficult at times but then again some partners do understand. It is a give and take.

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