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Ricki and the Flash (2015)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 7 August 2015 (USA)
1:38 | Trailer
A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family.


Jonathan Demme


Diablo Cody
4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Ricki
Rick Springfield ... Greg
Rick Rosas Rick Rosas ... Buster
Joe Vitale Joe Vitale ... Joe
Bernie Worrell ... Billy
Ben Platt ... Daniel
Peter C. Demme Peter C. Demme ... Walt
Jim Roche Jim Roche ... Provocative Dancer
Alexa Klienbard Alexa Klienbard ... Provocative Dancer
Keala Settle ... Sharon
Joe Toutebon ... Whitey
Jim Wheeler Jim Wheeler ... Elvis Guy (as Big Jim Wheeler)
Brooklyn Demme Brooklyn Demme ... Salt Well Drinker
Eamon O'Rourke Eamon O'Rourke ... Salt Well Dancer
Aaron Moten ... Troy (as Aaron Clifton Moten)


A woman named Linda leaves her family to pursue her dream of being a rock star. And she hasn't achieved the notoriety she hoped for. Her ex-husband calls her to tell her that her daughter suffered a breakdown because her husband left her. She goes back to Indianapolis. But her daughter doesn't exactly welcome her with open arms. But she stays and tries. And her sons also don't welcome her warmly. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Get Ready to Rock. Get Ready to Love. Get Ready for Ricki.


Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG - 13 for thematic material, brief drug content, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

7 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ricki and The Flash: Entre la fama y la familia See more »


Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,610,961, 9 August 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,822,144, 11 October 2015
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Julie refers to her grandmother as "oma," which is Dutch for grandmother. See more »


Ricki flies to and from Indianapolis via JetBlue, which does not fly to and from Indianapolis. See more »


Greg: It doesn't matter if kids love you or not. It's not their *job* to love you. It's your job to love them.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are accompanied by a clip of Ricki and the Flash singing "Cold One" at the wedding. See more »


References That Thing You Do! (1996) See more »


Dread Natty Congo
Written by Sister Carol East (as Carole T. East / Sister Carol)
Performed by Sister Carol East (as Sister Carol)
Courtesy of Black Cinderella Productions
Under license from Black Cinderella Publishing
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Ricki Without Much Flash
9 August 2015 | by max-850See all my reviews

Meryl Streep, Rick Springfield, Audra McDonald and Kevin Klein are all worth watching in this predictable and sentimental movie musical. The problem really comes down to a mediocre script from Diablo Cody. I expected more from Academy Award winner Ms. Cody than this workmanlike and often tedious screenplay. The music is great and Streep is a super singer and along with Springfield, they turn in great performances. Audra McDonald is a gem who I hope to see more of in films in the future. The milieu of the sleazy bar in Tarzana where Streep and Springfield are the house band is fascinating. Too bad it all ends up to be nothing more than a tired wedding and predictable emotional resolution of a mother and her entitled children. Thank God for the music which director, Jonathan Demme, allows to play out at length - perhaps to fill in the time since the script was substandard. We all love Meryl Streep but I couldn't help but wonder, how did her daughter get that job.

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