Parents' Guide to

That Thing You Do!

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Sweet, sleepy take on flash-in-the-pan '60s band.

Movie PG 1996 105 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Fun movie- but watch out for extended version!

A fun family movie for older kids/tweens. Be careful not to get the extended version (like we did- oops!). There is a make out scene in the first five minutes.
age 11+

The sex rating of “not present” for this movie can be a little deceiving...

First of all, there is plenty of deep tongue kissing throughout the movie. But more importantly, the Extended Cut version adds a pretty sexual scene, with Charlize Theron in tiny clothes laying on top of Guy with lots of extra kissing. Later, things get pretty heated between her and the dentist several times, with plenty of innuendo, and the Shrimp Shack Shooters scene on the beach has many scantily clad women. Don’t get me wrong- the Extended Cut is awesome additional footage; way better than I expected, and worth watching. Just be okay with a “1 dot” sex rating, or stick with the theatrical release.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (7 ):

THAT THING YOU DO! is as sweet and chaste as the eponymous song. In fact, it's so agreeable, it's positively boring for anyone who's ever seen any episodes of VH1's Behind the Music. That's not to say that younger viewers and those just discovering the music of the 1960s won't enjoy the film.

What's remarkable about That Thing You Do! is that this unremarkable remake of the Beatles story is what writer and director Tom Hanks chose to do with the political capital he amassed in blockbusters like Apollo 13 and Forrest Gump. It's an oddly wholesome and lackluster choice. What we see here is a grown-up living his fantasy of being part of the Fab Four. Still, because of its sweet and chaste bent, the PG-rated film is perfect for tweens and younger teens who haven't yet been drawn into more risqué viewing choices.

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