Ricki and the Flash Saturday, 11 July 2020

Ricki and the Flash

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes, drug use, sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Streep rocks.

  • Starring:

    Meryl Streep, Rick Springfield, Mamie Gummer, Kevin Kline, Sebastian Stan, Rick Rosas, Joe Vitale, Bernie Worrell, Ben Platt, Peter C. Demme

  • Directed by:

    Jonathan Demme

  • Running time:

    101 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    Attempted suicide (pills), brother "killed in Nam" mentioned. A woman hits herself repeatedly. Hair-pulling, yelling. Object thrown in anger. Blood/gore: None.


    A couple has implied bedroom sex. Kissing, groping, undressing, hugging. References to sex, multiple partners, masturbation, infidelity, strippers, affiars, and slang/euphemisms for sex. Woman in towel, shirtless man, couple in bed together (no genitals seen).


    Drugs (marijuana, prescription pills), drug-induced behaviour. Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, cocktails, shots). Cough syrup addiction, DUI, freaking out on acid, anti-depressants mentioned.


    S-words, a-words, b*tch, cr*p. Name-calling. Derogatory term for women. Slang terms for genitalia. Racist comments. Religious reference and exclamations.


    Mother-child relationships, depression, breakdowns, ex-partners, infidelity, divorce, music, bankruptcy, insomnia, awkward family situations, homosexuality, slef-loathing, socio-economic/gender differences, sacrifices, dreams, stardom, resent.


    Divorce, bankruptcy. Ceasarian section mentioned. Some shaky camerawork.


    Lively, entertaining, interesting, engaging, compassionate, light, breezy, touching, charming, memorable, feel-good-ish. Grounded/believable/committed/unapologetic performance from Meryl Streep, strong ensemble cast, remarkable chemistry between Meryl Streep and Rick Springfield, warm/cheeky screenplay, vibrant musical finale, has genuine heart/soul, musical numbers are thrillingly shot/staged, Meryl Streep certainly can sing.


    Uneven, shaggy, stumbling, patchy, flat, disappointing. Textbook plot, thin supporting characters.

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