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Ricki and The Flash (2015/Sony Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Film: C+

Meryl Streep does it again in Ricki and The Flash, the new film from director Jonathan Demme (Philadelphia, Silence Of The Lambs) and written by Diablo Cody (Juno). While the plot of the film is slightly predictable, the film manages to be a entertaining and relatable dysfunctional family comedy/drama. Streep's transformation is amazing in the film as she plays a middle aged musician with three grown up kids she hasn't seen in exchange for a failed attempt at stardom. The character is much different than other roles I've seen her play in the past and everything down to her unusual hairdo really makes it sell on screen.

Ricki and The Flash also stars Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer (Streep's real life daughter), Ben Platt, Sebastian Stan, and real-life hitmaker Rick Springfield.

It's been a roller-coaster ride for Ricki Rendazzo (Meryl Streep), a one-time wife and mother of three who left her family behind to follow her dreams of rock 'n' roll stardom in California. Now, the bar singer and guitarist (and part time employee at a grocery store) must face the music when she returns home to Indiana to reconnect with ex-husband Pete (Kevin Kline), troubled daughter Julie who is in the midst of a divorce, engaged son Josh and younger son Adam, who is gay. Filled with regret for not being there and challenged by Pete's new wife, Ricki hopes to find redemption for all of the bad choices that she made in the past while maintaining her own unique identity.

The film looks amazing on Blu-ray with a sharp 1080p high definition transfer with a 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a nicely mixed, lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track that doesn't disappoint. There are also tracks on the disc in French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai depending on your region and a digital copy is also included.

Extras include...

Deleted Scenes

Getting Ready for Ricki: The Making of Ricki and The Flash

Rediscovering Rick Springfield

Cast Photo Gallery

Previews for other Sony Titles

All in all, I would suggest this film to fans of Meryl Streep and dysfunctional family films. There's something in here that everyone can relate to and the film goes by in a 'flash' and doesn't lose momentum though some moments predictable.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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