It may be tanking at the box office but I absolutely loved Meryl Streep in “Ricki and the Flash”
Meryl Streep has become something of a big summer box office star late in her career with The Devil Wears Prada, Mamma Mia and Julie & Julia all doing terrific business.
But her latest, Ricki and the Flash, was pretty much dead on arrival this weekend with opening weekend grosses estimated to be just $7 million.
That’s a pity.
I saw the movie this weekend at The ArcLight in Hollywood and had such a good time.
The script by Oscar winnerDiablo Cody is not great and you want more depth in some of the scenes but Meryl is first-rate as an aging rocker who decades earlier left her husband and three young kids behind in the Midwest in pursuit of stardom in LA.
She returns to help her depressed daughter whose husband has just left her for another woman.
It’s glorious to watch Meryl rocking out with Rick Springfield who plays her bandmate/boyfriend and acting opposite her real-lifedaughter, Mamie Gummer who completely holds her own.
Kevin Kline (ex-husband) and Audra McDonald (second wife) also have good moments in underwritten roles and there is a great little scene involving Charlotte Rae (Mrs. Garrett from The Facts of Life!).
But it’s the music that really makes the movie – 10 songs in all – and Meryl proves, once again, that she can do anything.