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Ricki and the Flash

Three-time Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep goes electric and takes on a whole new gig -- a hard-rocking singer/guitarist -- for Oscar®-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody, in the uplifting comedy "Ricki and the Flash." In a film loaded with music and live performance, Streep stars as Ricki, a guitar heroine who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom, but is now returning home to make things right with her family. Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter, Mamie Gummer, who plays her fictional daughter; Rick Springfield, who takes on the role of a Flash member in love with Ricki; and Kevin Kline, who portrays Ricki's long-suffering ex-husband.
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Dove Review

Meryl Streep and Rick Springfield blend their voices together to sing in this heartwarming music-filled movie. Meryl plays Ricki and Rick plays one of her band members, and they set the stage on fire with songs from the past that make you want to get up and dance.

“Ricki and the Flash” is the story of a woman who left everything and everyone behind to follow her singing career. She is not doing well in life but is trying, when she gets a call from her ex about their daughter who is going through a rough time after her husband leaves her. As most women would do, Ricki goes to see if she can help. But in this case, the effort is not really welcomed. While Ricki is in California, she discovers some feelings of her own and those that her children, ex-husband and his wife have about her.

This is a heartwarming and a heartwrenching movie at times, but other times it will have you laughing and toe tapping. Although entertaining as it is, due to some content that is outside of our guidelines, we cannot consider this a family-friendly film.

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Woman hits herself in head several times; young woman throws ice cream on car


Sexual innuendos; couples kissing; unmarried couple in bed together with assumed sexual relationship; man puts head in woman's lap; man leaves his wife because he is having an affair with another woman


S-9; D-4; A-2; H-1; OMG/OG/MG-9; GD-1; Slang for male genitalia-2; slang comments for having sex


Woman hits herself in head several times; young woman throws ice cream on car


Many bar scenes; main characters are drinking; young woman talks about taking sleeping pills; marijuana found in freezer; later off-scene, characters smoke "pot" and seem to be high; discussion regarding a woman's DUI; comment regarding addiction to cocaine


Mild cleavage; woman in towel; man takes his shirt off


Rude attitudes toward a mother; comments regarding someone trying to commit suicide; comment regarding the loss of brother in Vietnam; embarrassing others in a restaurant; discussion regarding being gay, homophobic and bi-sexual; jokes about ALS and Alzheimer's being the same

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