That Thing You Do! (1996)

What do Spin Doctors, Dave Matthews Band, Billy Corgan and Styx have in common? They all get trashed in this episode of Shat The Movies (Cock Sparrer was spared.) It’s the 1996 comedy “That Thing You Do!”

Tom Hanks wrote, directed and starred in this squeaky-clean look at the 1960s, so you know it can’t be terrible. But was it great? Depends on what you’re looking for.

“That Thing You Do!” has a catchy song, a handsome cast, Liv Tyler crying, nostalgia by the truckload, a cute epilogue and family-friendly language. It also has an abundance of foreshadowing, double magical negro and a few plot holes.

In this episode, Ash joins Gene and Dick on the Old Shat Porch, Gene wishes gatekeepers would return to entertainment and Big D demands more sex, drugs and failure.








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